Using Diet to Prevent Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver deposits can lead to a number of diseases and symptoms. Here’s how to prevent them.

This video was originally published on NutritionFacts.org and republished with permission. NutritionFacts.org

Fat deposits on the liver are definitely a cause for concern. If left unchecked a fatty liver damages the body and can lead to even worse conditions like fibrosis, cirrhosis, cancer and eventually death. Unfortunately, this type of liver condition has grown to become the most common form of liver disease in the developed world, affecting nearly a third of American adults. While this bit of information is disheartening, there is a way to help prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and it sits on the end of a fork.

When testing for these conditions, researchers were able to point to animal products as being the culprit behind these conditions. The more animal proteins and fats people in the study ate, the worse off their livers were. On the other side of the coin, a higher intake of plant-based foods was correlated with a lower risk. It is believed that this happens because when we eat animal proteins like eggs, meat and dairy, the dietary cholesterol oxidizes and through a series of chemical exchanges in the body, eventually translates into fat in the liver.

Because cholesterol intake is an indication of the risk associated with a fatty liver, scientists were able to calculate the likelihood of developing this condition by measuring cholesterol levels in the blood. The pharmaceutical industry saw this as an opportunity to grow richer, and suggesting continuous drug usage. However, there is a way to prevent non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and it all comes down to diet. Since sugary and animal fat laden foods are such large contributors to this condition, all one has to do is simply decide to make a healthier choice when sitting down for a meal. Avoid the sugar and animal fats and focus on fruits, vegetables and a Mediterranean style diet.

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