Reducing consumption of sugar may help in recovering from liver damage caused by a diet high in fat, sugar and cholesterol, a research has claimed.
Researchers found that a diet with less fat and cholesterol helped, but did not fully resolve liver damage that had already been done.
Liver damage may lead to more serious health problems, such as cirrhosis or even cancer.
They studied two groups of laboratory mice that were provided 'Western diet' and then switched to different, healthier diets, short in fat and cholesterol.
Both diets caused health improvements and weight loss. But one group that was fed a diet still fairly high in sugar had higher levels of inflammation, oxidative stress and liver fibrosis.
Donald Jump from Oregon State University in US, says this research suggests that diets lower in fat and cholesterol, even if they help you lose weight, are not enough
For more liver recovery, intake of sugar has to come down, possibly along with other improvements in diet and exercise, he says further.
Study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.