Fatty liver is when there is too much fat in your liver. It’s common, particularly in people who have diabetes and are overweight. Although it might not cause any symptoms, it can lead to significant health problems.

Making changes to your lifestyle is key to preventing and improving the condition.

The liver is the body’s main organ for processing food and waste materials.A healthy liver contains very little or no fat. If you drink too much alcohol, or eat too much food, your body deals with this excess by turning some of the calories into fat. This fat is then stored in liver cells.When fat makes up more than 5% to 10% of the total weight of your liver, you have fatty liver.

How is fatty liver disease diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose fatty liver by talking to you first, then examining you.

You may be asked to have a blood test called a liver function test. This will check the health of your liver. You may also be asked to have a scan such as:

If the tests show you have fatty liver, you may need some other tests to look further into your health.

Depending on the results of the tests, your doctor may suggest that you see a gastroenterologist (specialist doctor). In severe cases, a specialist may organise a biopsy of your liver to confirm the diagnosis. This will also help them assess how severe the disease is.

 

Can consuming certain foods increase your risk of developing Fatty Liver?

 

I’m going to share with you the top 5 common foods that are destroying your liver.

I’ll bet many of these foods are in your pantry right now.

You might want to watch this  video I made on Fatty Liver

 

 

Here’s a Look at 5 Surprising Foods That Cause Fatty Liver

 

1. Crackers

This popular snack may seem innocent enough, but they’re not an excellent option for your liver health. Any foods with refined carbs or sugars, can be problematic for the liver, according to research. It can be easy to just munch on crackers mindlessly, but keep your hard-working liver in mind the next time you reach for a sleeve.

 

2. Salted or Cured Meats

Too much fatty meat and/or salt is a problem for the liver, says The American Liver Foundation*, so it should go without saying that cured meats like prosciutto, or even cold cuts like ham, bologna, or salami, are all foods that are best eaten sparingly. Instead, opt for high-quality, lean meats like chicken, turkey, or seafood.

 

3. Fruit Cups

This one may come as a surprise. According to a 2013 study*, over-consumption of fruits can actually introduce too much fructose to the body, which the liver may have issues processing and can result in fatty liver issues. Canned and packaged fruits are also often packed with artificial sweeteners and added sugars.

 

4. Common Condiments

It’s not just the obvious sources of sugar in your diet that could be causing serious damage to your liver. Often the more dangerous sources of fructose are those in which the sugar content is less obvious, such as ketchup & salad dressings. Just one tablespoon of Heinz Ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar, and one serving of Kraft Creamy French Salad Dressing, for example, delivers 6 grams of sugar.

 

5. Vegetable and Seed Oils

Sunflower, corn, soybean, and “vegetable” oils are omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)-rich. The American Society for Nutrition found in 2020* that this, “…fatty acid composition rather than the amount of fat, may actually be the key factor inducing obesity.” Widespread overuse of these oils has also been implicated in the rise of system-wide inflammation, modern lifestyle diseases, and contributing to liver damage by way of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Even worse, when heated, the polyunsaturated omega-6 fats found in these common cooking oils generate a substance known as hydroxynonenal, which researchers now believe plays a key role in cell degeneration and cell death*.