High fructose consumption and fatty liver disease

Manal F. Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, of the Duke Medical Center’s Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology discusses a paper she co-authored investigating the effects on the liver of high levels of fructose typical of the American diet. The study compared the effects to glucose. The study suggests that fructose causes more fatty liver disease than other sugars.

This is a timely publication given the recent New York City ban on single serving sizes of sugary drinks that exceed 16-ounces, and builds on the body of literature supporting that regulation.

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