Foods rich in simple carbohydrates can contribute to the development of steatosis of the liver, which in turn leads to liver failure and death. This suggests that changes in eating habits can protect us or even cure the disease. A study was performed on mice fed products with high and low glycemic index. Foods that lead to a rapid rise in blood sugar are white bread, white rice, cereals, concentrated sugar. Conversely, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains affect blood glucose more slowly.
During the study, the mice received the same amount of fat, carbohydrates and protein in general. In the end, both groups weighed equally, but those who received high-glycemic food had twice the level of lipids in the blood, liver and body as a whole.
The study's protagonist, Dr. David Ludwig, head of the Optimal Weight to Life Program at Children's Hospital in Boston, says this is a very strong argument for the contribution of carbohydrates to steatosis. He initiated a clinical trial on the ability of foods with a low glycemic index to treat the disease in obese children.