Fruits and honey are considered healthy as they provide us with vitamins and nutrients, but when it comes to your liver, excessive consumption of these foods may spell trouble.
There are many factors to consider when evaluating your liver health, including alcohol consumption, fat intake, weight, and infections. Researchers suggest that in addition to these factors, the amount of fructose we consume also plays a role.
A type of sugar, fructose is commonly found in fruit and honey. So far, it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
For the study, the researchers tested the outcomes of two types of sugar on metabolic and vascular function. Female rats were given a liquid solution of either glucose (a type of sugar naturally found in the body) or fructose, in addition to their regular diet.
The rats were administered the sweetened solution over the course of eight weeks, which in humans is equivalent to eating a sugar-loaded diet for six years.
The sugar-fed rats were compared to a control group that received normal drinking water.
The rats that received the sugar solution consumed more calories than the control group, although caloric intake was far greater in the glucose rats than the fructose rats. Despite this, the rats in the fructose group gained more weight that the glucose rats, had a greater triglyceride count, experienced an increase in liver weight, had a decreased fat-burning ability in the liver and impaired relaxation of the aorta (which can affect blood pressure).
Here is a list of foods to be mindful of if you’re trying to keep your fructose intake under control:
Although many of the foods on this list are normally considered healthy, you still have to mind your intake if you want to keep your liver in top-notch condition.