There is no denying the fact Junk food has deleterious effects on your health. Toffees and candies are not good for your children all time. According to the new research, children who regularly take fructose present in soda, sweetened beverages, pizza and salty food, biscuits and yogurt may be prone to liver disease.
The study which was conducted by researchers from Bambino Gesu Hospital in Italy, states dietary fructose increases serum uric acid concentrations."It is plausible that dietary fructose intake and uric acid concentrations are potential risk factors for liver disease progression in NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)," quoting Valerio Nobili as having said in media reports.
"The study shows for the first time that uric acid concentrations and dietary fructose consumption are independently and positively associated with NASH," Nobili added. The study was reported in the Journal of Hepatology, in which the sample size of 271 obese children were analysed and adolescents with NAFLD - 155 males, mean age 12.5 years - who underwent liver biopsy. The study finds nearly 90 per cent were found drinking sodas and soft drinks one or more times a week. It also stated almost 95 per cent of patients regularly consumed morning and afternoon snacks consisting of crackers, pizza and salty food, biscuits, yogurt, or other snacks.
The study in its conclusion further stated the development of NASH may markedly affect life expectancy and quality of life in affected individuals. Thus, "it is crucial to understand the risk factors for NASH in children and adolescents in order to design effective interventions," Nobili added.