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It’s no secret that eating a fast-food diet can destroy your health bite by bite.
After all, we’ve all heard about the heart disease dangers that come packed in those paper bags. And the science has been clear that giving into those fast food cravings can lower your immune system, leaving you open to infection.
But how much is too much?
At what level does eating those fast foods start to cause damage?
Thanks to a study from Keck Medicine of USC we just may have the answer — at least when it comes to a very important organ that could send up warning flares of health wildfires to come…
Researchers have determined just how much fast food per day it takes to put you at risk for a fatty liver.
Fast food: a fast track to bad health
I’m sure you know your liver is the main detoxifying organ of your body. Your blood filters through it second by second, day by day to clear out the waste that can lead to disease.
But it also filters fat, and if the organ gets overloaded with fat, that filtration can get sluggish — and the trouble starts…
Fatty liver disease (also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD) can hurt your liver, leading to NASH and even cirrhosis or liver failure if things get really bad. But even in its earliest stages, it’s a warning sign of serious danger ahead.
That’s because the leading cause of death for people with NAFLD is heart disease.
Numerous studies more than demonstrate that fast food, offering effective transport of unhealthy fat, is horrible on the liver.
But we’d be kidding ourselves to think we could actually give up all fast food completely and forever. Sure most of us would be willing to cut it down some, but really knowing where the cutoff point is — or “how much is too much” — could be extremely valuable.
Keep your fast-food intake below this level
And that’s where the results of that Keck Medicine study come in…
The researchers analyzed the measurement of fatty liver in approximately 4,000 adults, comparing them to their fast-food consumption.
Of the participants, the team found that 52 percent consumed some fast food, but only 29 percent consumed one-fifth or more of their daily calories from that fast food.
And guess which group was in trouble when it came to their liver?
The 29 percent of people who got 20 percent or more of their daily calories from the drive-thru experienced a rise in liver fat levels.
“If people eat one meal a day at a fast-food restaurant, they may think they aren’t doing harm,” said Ani Kardashian, MD, a hepatologist with Keck Medicine and lead author of the study. “However, if that one meal equals at least one-fifth of their daily calories, they are putting their livers at risk.”
Even worse, the researchers were able to identify two risk factors that tip the scales even further to the dark side…
The scientists found that people with either obesity or diabetes who hit that 20 percent level of calories from fast food on a daily basis had severely elevated levels of fat in their liver, compared to moderate increases in liver fat in those without those health issues.
Fast food might be convenient, but it’s also dangerous.
Be sure that those convenience foods make up less than 20 percent of your daily diet. And instead, focus on eating a whole-food diet that’s good for your liver and the rest of your organs.
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Consumption of fast food linked to liver disease – EurekAlert!