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What should you eat to control fatty liver disease

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 26, 2016
Quick Bites

  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the fast spreading liver disease across the world.
  • It has become a common cause of chronic liver diseases.
  • Increase vegetables in your diet.
  • Avoid sugary foods as much as you can.

If there is a liver disease that is spreading like wild fire across the world, it is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It has become one of the most commons causes of chronic liver diseases. NAFLD is so lethal that it can develop into liver cancer, liver cirrhosis and eventually liver failure. Doctors attending to patients with NAFLD almost always recommend dietary modifications. So, here is a look into the type of diet you should have to prevent further progression of fatty liver disease.


 eat to control fatty liver disease


Before we discuss exactly what you should be eating, here is a comprehension of what you should keep in mind when thinking of food for fatty liver disease patients.



Your diet program must focus on:


  • reducing fat in the liver
  • minimising liver damage
  • improving functioning of insulin
  • making weight loss easier




What to include in meals?


  • Here is a mark down of foods you can add to your meals or have as meals to control fatty liver disease.
  • Have raw plant food, especially veggies. Doctors advise a maximum of two pieces of fruits because they are usually high in sugar. Veggies on the other hand can be consumed in unlimited quantity.
  • Have protein-rich foods such as seafood (both canned or fresh), poultry, legumes, nuts and seeds.
  • Have cooked vegetables of multiple varieties, including the starchy kinds, however avoid potatoes.
  • The starch will compensate for all the sugary foods you will be avoiding.




What to do when you are hungry?

It may sound too less of a meal portion to satisfy hunger. So, to avoid hunger pangs from bothering you, have multiple small meals. Never overindulge to prevent hunger later. Listen to your body carefully to know when you have had enough food.

Alternatively, you may include varieties of healthy snacks in between your meals. These include:

  • Canned seafood such as a small can of sardines.
  • Protein smoothie made using coconut milk or almond milk and 2-3 tablespoonfuls of fresh and frozen berries.
  • Raw seeds and nuts of different varieties.
  • Raw veggies like carrots, cucumber, celery sticks, Broccoli florets, etc.
  • Avocado dips.
  • One full glass of raw vegetable juice.



Foods to avoid


  • Sugary foods, especially candies and bottled fruit juices
  • Foods that contain flour
  • Diet foods that suggest weight loss
  • Fried foods
  • Pizza
  • Chips and biscuits


Fatty liver disease therefore, can easily be controlled with the help of diet.


  • Liver disease is a world-wide problem
  • It is very important to maintain healthy diet
  • Drinking should be totally stopped
  • Healthy snacking instead of junk foods


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