Scientists in Israel now believe that soft drinks and fruit juices can cause fatty liver disease and have urged consumers to moderate their intake.
A study in Haifa found that people who drink a litre of carbonated drinks or fruit juice a day were five times more likely to suffer from fatty liver disease. The results were published in the Journal of Hepatology.
Study leader Dr Nimer Assy said: “We found people who drink more than two cans of Coke a day have increased their chances for a fatty liver, and if left untreated their chances for heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver also increase.”
The problem has been blamed partly on fructose but also the sweetener aspartame and caramel colourants.