What Not To Eat When You Have A Fatty Liver?

Fatty liver is defined as abnormal retention of triglycerides within a liver cell. When the process of fat metabolism is disrupted, the fat can accumulate in the liver in excessive amounts, thus resulting in a fatty liver. There are many etiologies for the cause of the interruption. But, the most of the cases in the world occur due to excessive alcohol intake and the obese. The prevalence of the fatty liver condition is observed in up to 75% of obese people. Even though the condition is reversible, sometimes it may lead to permanent damages to the liver resulting in sudden death.

Incidence of Fatty Liver Disease

The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in the general population is approximately 25% to 30% in Europe and United States. The highest prevalence of the disease is observed in Southern American and Middle Eastern countries while the lowest prevalence is found in Africa. The incidence rates of NAFLD have been estimated between 52/1000 person-years in Asia. Men are at higher risk of developing NAFLD. Hyperlipidemia, obesity, hyperlipidemia, type 2 diabetes, and metastatic cancer associated with the nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

What Not to Eat when you have a Fatty Liver?

What Not To Eat When You Have A Fatty Liver?

The first food on the list to avoid is sugar and sugar products. Many studies have related liver disease with sugar consumption. Sugar products like chocolates, jams, pastries, ice creams, and candy; and food made from partially hydrogenated oils and refined flours like fried snacks (potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, & fritters), pizza, white bread, bagels, donuts, muffins, and cookies must avoided as they are prone to cause fatty liver disease. “Diet foods” usually as high in artificial sweeteners can build-up of fat in the liver. Red meat intake, high fat cheese, butter, and high amounts of sugar-containing beverages like sodas, soft drinks, sugar syrup, & sauces are best minimized otherwise it may induce fatty changes. Trans and saturated fats are unhealthy fats directly associated with the development of heart disease and disease of the blood vessels. Eating these trans foods high can lead to obesity and increased blood lipid levels, both of which contribute to a fatty liver.

Hydrogenated vegetable oils, which is one of the most dangerous products and responsible for a large number of heart attacks. It has been banned in two European countries because two grams a day can increase the risk of heart disease at 23%. It causes abnormality in cholesterol levels, increases the obesity, causes inflammatory conditions, and can even be a reason for infertility. Palm oil contains about as much saturated fat which is considered the most detrimental to human health. Most of them have thought that hydrogenated vegetable oils are harmless, but it is one of the most dangerous products ever to be mashed into the food. Palm oil contains ∼49% saturated fat, a relatively high concentration compared with other vegetable oils. Consequently, high intakes of saturated fat from palm oil induce a larger increase in plasma concentrations of total cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins.

How to Reduce Risk of Fatty Liver Disease?

  • Healthy diet.
  • Healthy weight.
  • Regular Exercise.

A healthy organic diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats must include in day-to-day foods. Overweight and obesity are known to increase hypertension. It is the leading cause of strokes, including high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and heart disease. Regular exercise and the number of calories reduction each day can stabilize the health. Forty minutes of moderate exercise three to five times a week can help a person feel apt and reduce fatty change symptoms


Fatty liver disease is an emerging problem in Hepatology clinics. Obesity, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia are commonest risk factors in the general population. At present, there are no specific drugs approved by the FDA-USA to treat fatty liver disease. Diet and exercise are good enough to control the symptoms of fatty liver disease. Dietary and lifestyle choices can improve the disorder significantly.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 29, 2018

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