Washington, Nov 4 (ANI): A new study has claimed that sugar intake is not directly associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease , as it was earlier believed.
Rather, high-calorie diets promote the progression of this serious form of liver disease .
Researchers conducted a double-blind study of healthy, but centrally overweight men to compare the effects of high intakes of two types of sugar, glucose and fructose, in two conditions – weight-maintaining (moderate-calorie diet) and weight-gaining (high-calorie diet).
In the weight-maintaining period, men on neither diet developed any significant changes to the liver.
However, in the weight-gaining period, both diets produced equivalent features of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, including steatosis ( fatty liver ) and elevated serum transaminase and triglycerides.
These findings indicate that fructose and glucose have comparable effects on one’s liver, and calorie intake is the factor responsible for the progression of