Saturday, September 6, 2014
FRUCTOSE, DIABETES AND PROBIOTICS
Fructose is one of the many types of added sugar hidden in our foods and beverages today, and it is processed almost entirely in the liver—a fact that does not bode well for healthy liver function, according to the results of a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center determined that a diet high in fructose TRIGGERS RAPID LIVER DAMAGE and may increase the risk of developing DIABETES and non-alcoholic FATTY LIVER DISEASE.
The study involved two groups of monkeys—one fed a diet of low-fat foods with added fructose, and one given only low-fat, low-fructose foods. The monkeys in the first group gained significantly more weight and were 3X more likely to develop diabetes than the second (note: fructose in the liver can trigger insulin resistance). They were also more likely to develop hepatic steatosis, or fatty liver.
Perhaps even more interesting is that the researchers also looked at the gut bacteria of the monkeys in order to be sure that the fructose in particular was causing the high rates of liver damage (and not some other factor or group of factors). Turns out it was.
Not only did the fructose monkeys show a noticeable change in their gut bacteria, but the high levels of fructose allowed some bacteria to leak into the bloodstream and harm the liver.
Probiotic food and capsules are necessary for good health, and to avoid these types of problems.