Sugar has many forms and when reversing a fatty liver we should take steps to avoid added sugar in our foods. That means, starting to drink tea and coffee without reaching for the sugar bowl, cutting out soda drinks and biscuits. Making these changes goes along way to ensuring that the only sugar we get is from natural sources.
Recent evidence suggests that diets, high in sugar, particularly sucrose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCR) not only increase the risk of developing NAFLD but also promote the more serious, inflammatory progression to NASH.
Fructose, which forms 50% of sucrose or common table sugar needs to be processed by the liver in order for our bodies to use it. Glucose on the other hand is readily usable by our cells. The fructose metabolic pathway can lead to liver fat accumulation and uric acid production if our diets contain too much of it.
Reducing sugar intake to that found naturally in fruit appears to be a major factor in reversing NAFLD.
So what are the different forms of sugar added to ready to eat foods commonly found in supermarkets? You might find any of these ingredients in the list below in of food you buy at the supermarket. All of them indicate added sugar.
Agave nectar, Barbados sugar, Barley malt, Barley malt syrup, Beet sugar, Brown sugar, Buttered syrup, Cane juice, Cane juice crystals, Cane sugar, Caramel, Carob syrup, Castor sugar, Coconut palm sugar, Coconut sugar, Confectioner’s sugar, Corn sweetener, Corn syrup, Corn syrup solids, Date sugar, Dehydrated cane juice, Demerara sugar, Dextrin, Dextrose, Evaporated cane juice, Free-flowing brown sugars, Fructose, Fruit juice, Fruit juice concentrate, Glucose, Glucose solids, Golden sugar, Golden syrup, Grape sugar, HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup), Honey, Icing sugar, Invert sugar, Malt syrup, Maltodextrin, Maltol, Maltose, Mannose, Maple syrup, Molasses, Muscovado, Palm sugar, Panocha, Powdered sugar, Raw sugar, Refiner’s syrup, Rice syrup, Saccharose, Sorghum Syrup, Sucrose, Sugar (granulated), Sweet Sorghum, Syrup, Treacle, Turbinado sugar, Yellow sugar.