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Sugar intake may harm the liver
« on: November 14, 2006, 08:49:08 AM »
Sugar intake may hurt liver   
November 01, 2006   

By Karla Gale
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The suspicion that sugary soft drinks are involved in the development of liver disease is strengthened by results of animal experiments reported at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) annual meeting in Boston.
Dr. Ina Bergheim, from the University of Hohenheim in Germany, and associates, tested the effect of sugar-sweetened water on the livers of mice. Some animals had free access to sugar water, while others were given a solution containing an artificial sweetener.
Animals fed the sugared drinks ate less food, but they had higher overall calorie intake and weight gain. Examination of the animals' livers showed that fatty liver disease was more common in the group given sugar water, especially when exposed to a type of sugar called fructose.
"These data support the hypothesis that high fructose consumption may not only (damage) the liver through over-feeding, but may be directly" toxic, Bergheim's group concludes in their meeting abstract.
Dr. Adrian Di Bisceglie, chair of the public policy committee for AASLD and professor of internal medicine at St. Louis University, noted that the epidemic of obesity has been partly to blame for the increasing prevalence of liver disease in the US.
He pointed out that consumption of high fructose corn syrup, in foods such as soft drinks, has sky-rocketed over the last decade. "This study suggests that liver disease is not just a consequence of obesity or fat consumption," but that sugar is also a culprit.

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Re: Sugar intake may harm the liver
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 05:07:04 PM »
I've always felt there was something wrong with all this high fructose corn syrup that is added to so many foods and drinks. It's hard to find items without it. Another reason to stick with the good natural foods that God created. Germany seems to be always a step ahead in the area of nutrition and natural remedies, maybe our country will follow soon. Hopefully we can be a part of that and help the many people who need a better way than processed foods and drugs. :)

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Re: Sugar intake may harm the liver
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2007, 02:33:49 PM »
High fructose corn syrup seems to be a real curse. The key has to be getting the attention of the mainstream populace!  How to get the facts in front of them and raise their awareness needs to be our goal.
Katy Joy
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