Fatty liver disease, more accurately called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD, occurs when more than 5% of liver cells contain fat. The exact cause of NAFLD is not known, but both poor diet and genetics are known to play a part. Left unchecked, fatty liver disease can cause cirrhosis, a condition which is potentially fatal. Unfortunately, there is no direct treatment for NAFLD. Instead, doctors treat the underlying contributing factor, which is typically obesity.
Foods that are high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar are bad for the body in general, but especially the liver. This hard working organ performs a variety of vital tasks including converting food into fuel, processing fat in the blood, clearing away harmful toxins, and making proteins to help blood clot. Whether you already have a fatty liver or are trying to avoid that outcome, avoiding the items on our list – as well as alcohol, which is very difficult for the liver to process – will go a long way toward protecting the health of your liver.