High Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Liver Scarring

High fructose corn syrup, which some studies have linked to obesity, may also be harmful to your liver, according to research.

Increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup was associated with scarring in the liver, or fibrosis, among patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  A study looked at more than 400 adults, analyzing dietary questionnaires collected within three months of the adults' liver biopsies to determine their high fructose corn syrup intake and its association with liver scarring.

The researchers found only 19 percent of adults with NAFLD reported no intake of fructose-containing beverages, while 52 percent consumed between one and six servings a week and 29 percent consumed fructose-containing beverages on a daily basis. An increase in consumption of fructose appeared to be correlated to increased liver fibrosis in patients with NAFLD.

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