Restricting fructose in the diet can help reverse fatty liver in children. This finding was published in the journal Gastroenterology. The results were really quite startling. After merely 9 days of restricting fructose in the diet, the children with fatty liver experienced the following benefits:

  • A reduction in liver fat
  • Reduced overall body fat
  • A reduction in the manufacture of fat by the liver
  • Increased insulin sensitivity

All of the children had metabolic syndrome (syndrome X) and obesity.

Where is fructose found? There are small quantities present in fruit. There are very large quantities present in soda, cookies, candy, chocolate and other junk food and snack food. Ordinary sugar that is present in these foods is a combination of fructose and glucose. Too much of either is unhealthy, but fructose is particularly harmful to the liver if consumed in large quantities. The problem is, large quantities of sugar in the diet are typically seen as normal among children and teenagers these days. The tragic result is that fatty liver is becoming common in this population. What once only occurred in middle aged adults is now becoming an epidemic in children, with devastating consequences.

The prevalence of fatty liver disease in children has more than doubled in the last 20 years. It significantly increases the risk of type two diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. Experts warn that many of today’s children will have a much shorter lifespan than their parents.

Fructose is a type of sugar that promotes de novo lipogenesis in the liver. That means it instructs the liver to manufacture fat. The fat can get stored inside the liver, and also anywhere else on the body. Fructose is added to processed foods and drinks, and goes by nearly 60 different names on food labels, including high fructose corn syrup and fruit juice concentrate. Current estimates are 16 percent of calories in many childrens’ diets come from added sugar. At this level, the development of fatty liver is almost inevitable.

Reducing fructose intake is very effective at reversing fatty liver, but it can be difficult and take quite some time. People with a fatty liver usually battle with severe sugar and carb cravings. They are also prone to unstable blood sugar, and may feel tired, weak and moody if they don’t eat carbs. I have addressed all these problems in my book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It, where I tell you exactly what to eat. I have also created the liver tonic Livatone to specifically improve the liver’s fat burning ability.


The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.