Your Liver and Sugar
Alcohol has always been considered the liver’s worst enemy. According to recent studies, there is evidence that refined sugar and particularly high fructose corn syrup may actually do just as much damage to the liver when consumed in excess.
A diet laden with simple sugars can lead to fat build-up in the liver. While this fat may not cause any problems, in some cases, it can cause the liver to become inflamed (swollen) eventually leading to the development of scar tissue (cirrhosis). Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has been associated in humans with increased amounts of fructose.
Unfortunately, since sugar is added to nearly all processed foods and occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables, moderating your sugar intake can be a challenge. So, eliminating processed foods from your diet and consuming natural healthier foods that you prepare yourself should help you manage your sugar intake.
Fatty liver disease is already the most common form of liver disease in Canada and as obesity rates continue to rise, so will the incidence of fatty liver disease.
Weight loss and exercise are among the most promising treatments for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It does not take large amounts of weight loss to result in a decrease in liver fat.
Once again, keeping track of your overall sugar consumption can improve your health and keep your liver functioning properly.