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Ultra-Processed Food Intake Is Associated with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

The addition of more ultra-processed foods to our diets may fuel the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

This study assessed the correlation between high dietary exposure to ultra-processed foods and the likelihood of having non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Researchers conducted a comprehensive meta-analysis on data obtained from 9 studies involving over 60,000 individuals. 

Researchers observed that the odds of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) went up with frequent intake of ultra-processed foods. This study pointed out that following a diet that promotes the consumption of ultra-processed foods may increase an individual's susceptibility to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Research Summary Information

  • 2023
  • Alex E Henney, Conor S Gillespie, Uazman Alam, Theresa J Hydes, Daniel J Cuthbertson
  • Department of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L3 5TR, UK. Metabolism & Nutrition Research Group, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK. Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool L7 8XP, UK.
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