Did you know that eating the wrong foods can cause just as much damage to your body as alcohol? That’s right! Eating the wrong foods can increase the amount of fat that is stored in your liver.
The result of too much fat being stored in the liver is inflammation, scarring or even permanent liver damage. People living with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) should stick to a strict diet, which is detailed below.
Foods to avoid
Sugar. People living with NAFLD should limit the amount of sugar in their diet. This is because excess sugar in the liver likely leads to high blood pressure and other health issues. Although it is common knowledge that sugar is found in candy and soft drinks, many people are not aware that sugar is also found in carbohydrates. This means that people living with NAFLD should heavily restrict that amount of refined grains they consume, including white bread, white rice, potatoes, rice milk, rice crackers, and cornflakes.
Foods to eat more of
Foods to seek out include garlic powder, broccoli and omega-3 fatty acids. Garlic powder has been found to reduce body weight, whereas broccoli has been found to help prevent the buildup of fat in the liver. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids help improve cholesterol. The foods people living with NAFLD should eat more of include salmon, walnuts, sardines, and other fish.