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Liver and Bile Disease

High carbohydrates (starches and their sugars) increase the risk of fatty liver disease and liver inflammation leading to fibrosis and cirrhosis.

• “Low-fat (high-carbohydrate) diets appear to increase the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and liver inflammation, according to small research studies…” Benjaminov O. et al. The effect of a low-carbohydrate diet on the nonalcoholic fatty liver in morbidly obese patients before bariatric surgery. Surgical Endoscopy, 21(8):1423-1427, 2007.
• “…dietary items that have often been suspected of favouring gall stone formation are sugar…study provides impressive evidence to incriminate refined sugar…” Heaton, K. The Sweet Road to Gallstones. British Medical Journal, 288, 1103-1104, 1984.
• “…refined sugars may increase the risk of gallstone formation…” Misciagna, G., et al. Diet, physical activity, and gallstones—a population-based, case-control study in Southern Italy. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 69, 120-126, 1999.
• “…increased fructose consumption contributes to the development of NAFLD.” Ouyang, X., et al. Fructose Consumption as a Risk Factor fro Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Journal of Hepatology, 48 (6), 993-999, 2008.

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