To fight fatty liver, avoid sugary foods and drinks: study

The World Health Organisation recommends a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Current guidelines call for children who have fatty liver disease to exercise and eat a healthy diet though they do not specify particular foods.
  • According to Dr. Joel E. Lavine, an expert, doctors should advise patients and their families to check food labels for added sugars and to avoid or eliminate juices.
  • “The best diet, to make it very simple, is to shop the outside aisles in supermarkets and stay away from the middle aisles containing processed foods that come in boxes, cans and packages.”

Overweight children with fatty liver disease sharply reduced the amount of fat and inflammation in their livers by cutting soft drinks, fruit juices and foods with added sugars from their diets, a rigorous new study found.

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