Need more reason to eat more fruits and vegetables and cut back on sweets? A higher intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced visceral fat (fat surrounding abdominal organs) and liver fat (triglycerides accumulating in the liver), while a higher intake of sweets such as cakes and candy is associated with increased liver fat.
This was confirmed by a study in the Journal of Nutrition, in which 2,300 middle-aged Dutch people reported their intake of various food groups during the prior month and then underwent abdominalMRIs. Visceral and liver fat increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease more than fat stored elsewhere. In addition, excessive liver fat is a sign of fatty liver disease, which can progress to more severe liver disorders.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
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