French cuisine has retained a high ranking in the world of fine dining. Rich taste and subtle nuances in each dish make it stand out among the finest. One of the specialties most of us are familiar with is Foie Gras (also known as pate or goose and duck liver.) This delicacy is created by force feeding corn ( a high sugary starch) through a feeding tube to a goose or duck causing the liver to enlarge up to ten times its normal size. This practice has been ridiculed because of the inhumane treatment of the animal.
If this treatment sounds barbaric, I completely agree with you. It seems cruel to feed an animal a high sugary diet knowing the end result is extensive liver damage and ultimately death. What type of personality would one need to possess to participate in such cruel behavior?
The answer might surprise you. Fatty liver disease affects approximately 90 MILLION American lives. This disease is NOT CAUSED by consuming too much healthy fat in one’s diet; it is caused by consuming too much SUGAR and REFINED CARBOHYDRATES in our diets. As parents continue to feed their children these foods throughout their formative, adolescent and teenage years, they inadvertently feed the metabolic process that gradually leads to the destruction of their own children’s livers.
According to Dr. Mercola:
Cases of pediatric non alcoholic fatty liver disease have been reported in children down to 3 years old.
Elevated liver enzymes (stress on the liver) are present in eight percent of adolescents tested in the U.S.
Among obese children and adolescents, fatty liver disease has been identified in 20 percent of American children and adolescents.
Fatty liver disease is strongly associated with insulin resistance and other classic symptoms of metabolic syndrome, and is far more common than many physicians realize.
Children with high abdominal fat have the highest risk for developing fatty liver disease.