6 Worst Foods for Your Liver

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


Foods like berries, avocado, fatty fish, nuts, etc., can protect your liver. But do you know which food items can be unhealthy for your liver? Consuming these harmful foods can lead to liver diseases or worsen a pre-existing liver condition.

The following is the list of some of the worst foods for your liver:



1) Alcohol


Alcohol is associated with many conditions, but it is most harmful to your liver. The liver detoxifies chemicals, filters the blood from the digestive tract, and metabolizes drugs. The chemical reaction that takes place when alcohol reaches the liver can damage the cells of the liver. This damage can lead to inflammation and scarring. Chronic alcoholism affects the liver function, which prevents proper absorption of nutrients, making the liver toxic.

2) High-Fat Foods



Foods that are high in saturated and trans fat, such as french fries, pizzas, burgers, chips, etc., can lead to liver inflammation over time. This can lead to liver cirrhosis and affect liver function. Such food items also increase your blood cholesterol levels and can cause fatty liver.

3) Refined Carbohydrates


Some examples of refined carbohydrates are refined sugar, white bread, pizza, pasta, pastry, white rice, etc. Refined carbohydrates and high amounts of sugar can also increase the risk of fatty liver disease.

4) Salty Foods


Canned or processed foods generally have very high sodium content. Instant noodles, lunch meats, and packaged soups are all loaded with sodium. This can lead to retention of excess fluid in the liver and affect its functioning.

5) Red Meat


Red meats are rich in protein, but a problem for the liver. Your liver finds it hard to break down protein. All the excess protein from red meats can build-up in the liver and make it toxic.

6) Dry Fruits


Fruits are rich in minerals and nutrients, so this might be a little hard to believe. Consuming too many dry fruits, such as raisins, can lead to liver inflammation and fat deposition, as they are rich in fructose (the natural sugar present in fruits).

The liver performs many vital functions in your body. So, help your liver function better by eating right and following a healthier lifestyle.


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