A study shows a plant-based diet offers protection whilst a meat-based one can contribute to damage
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) occurs when fat is deposited in the liver due to causes other than excessive alcohol use. It’s considered to be one of the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, which also includes obesity, insulin resistance (pre-diabetic stage), elevated fat levels in the blood and high blood pressure. It comes as no surprise that it’s been linked to unhealthy diets and increasingly younger people develop this condition.
Iodine is essential for good thyroid function, which in turn is necessary for good health. Seaweed and soya, both popular foods in Asia, have been reported to affect thyroid function in opposing ways. While seaweed contains iodine, soya has the potential to interfere with iodine uptake. In this study twenty-five healthy postmenopausal women were given five grams of seaweed (providing 475 micrograms of iodine) daily for seven weeks. A powdered soya protein isolate (providing 141.3 mg of isoflavones) was given daily during the last week.