Fatty liver disease among adolescents has more than doubled over the past twenty years and is strongly linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases. In a new study, researchers found that a nine-day diet that cut out fructose—a common form of sugar found in soft drinks, fruits juices, and most processed foods—significantly reversed the buildup of liver fat in children and teens. Lead author Dr. Jean- Marc Schwarz explains, “Our study clearly shows that sugar is turned into fat, which may explain the epidemic of fatty liver in children consuming soda and food with added sugar. And we find that fatty liver is reversed by removing added fructose from our diet.” Gastroenterology, August 2017