When we turn fruit into a villain, we’re not only missing out on a wide range of healthy snack options, we’re also missing out on all the vitamins, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber that fruit has to offer. However, TikTok warns that high consumption can cause fatty liver, is it real?
Having said that, it’s important to note that too much sugar can be consumed from fruit, especially when blended into a smoothie or juice. Eating whole fruit in moderation is key, and that can include one to three servings of fruit a day.
However, recent social media videos have hypothesized that fruit and vegetable intake is inversely associated with NAFLD. However, some studies have speculated that fruit consumption could be positively associated with this disease due to the fructose content of the fruit.
This could make people hesitant to eat fruit, whether they’re sick or want to avoid fatty liver. Luckily, there was a study whose objective of this study was to evaluate the association between the consumption of fruits and vegetables and fatty liver.
There is no scientific evidence
This study included 977 men and 1467 women, aged 40 to 69 years with no current liver disease other than NAFLD and who did not report heavy alcohol use. Dietary intake was assessed using a validated dietary history questionnaire. The disease was diagnosed from the results of abdominal ultrasound. The association between the consumption of fruits or vegetables and the prevalence of NAFLD was evaluated by logistic regression analysis, with the lowest category as reference.
The prevalence of the disease was 34.9% in men and 11.7% in women. Adjusted for age and lifestyle factors, fruit intake was inversely associated with this disease in both sexes. However, these associations disappeared after further adjustment for body mass index. The consumption of total vegetables was not associated at all with this disease . In women, an inverse linear association between green and yellow vegetable intake and fatty liver was demonstrated, but odds ratios for any intake category did not reach significance.
No obesity-independent association was found between fruit or vegetable intake and fatty liver disease. Based on the findings of this study, people do not need to restrict fruit consumption to limit fructose intake as a means of preventing NAFLD.