Key PointsQuestionDoes restricting dietary free sugars reduce hepatic steatosis in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? FindingsIn this randomized clinical trial that included 40 adolescent boys aged 11 to 16 years with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease followed up for 8 weeks, provision of a diet low in free sugars compared with usual diet resulted in a greater reduction in hepatic steatosis from 25% to 17% in the low free sugar diet group and from 21% to 20% in the usual diet group, a statistically significant difference of −6.23% when adjusted for baseline. MeaningThese preliminary findings suggest potential benefit of a diet low in free sugars for children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, but further research is needed to assess long-term and clinical outcomes.
JAMA – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 22, 2019
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