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High-fructose diet found to inhibit liver's fat metabolism

High levels of fructose in the diet inhibit the liver's ability to metabolize fat, leading to consequences like fatty liver disease and diabetes, while high levels of glucose actually improve the liver's fat-burning function, according to researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. A high-fructose diet "makes the liver store more fat, and this is bad for the liver and bad for whole body metabolism," says C. Ronald Kahn, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical and lead author of the study, which was published in Cell Metabolism.

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