Sugar - Is it bad for my liver?

This discussion focuses on fructose and why it is a real enemy of your liver so think high fructose corn syrup. The little secret is that table sugar is 50% fructose so it is not just calories that we are concerned about.

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Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple ketonic monosaccharide found in many plants, where it is often bonded to glucose to form the disaccharide sucrose. It is one of the three dietary monosaccharides, along with glucose and galactose, that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Fructose is a very sweet, white, odorless, crystalline solid and is the most water-soluble of all the sugars. Fructose is found in honey, tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables. Excessive fructose consumption is a cause of diabetes, obesity, elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, leading to metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and fatty liver.

 

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