It’s normal to have some fat in the liver but too much can put you at risk of developing serious health complications. Researchers are learning more about how even small amounts of sugar can lead to increased fat production in the liver. Here’s a rundown of what one study has discovered and what its findings could mean for your health.
How Sugar Can Increase Fat Production
Over the years, something that has been questioned is whether fructose drives metabolic syndrome or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Researchers at the University of Zurich published a study in the Journal of Hepatology in an effort to learn some answers. They investigated how drinking sugar-sweetened beverages every day will impact metabolic health.
They found that beverages sweetened with fructose and sucrose sugars (but not glucose) increase the liver’s ability to produce lipids. WebMD says lipids is simply another word for fats. This change can lead to negative effects on a person’s health in the future.