What is the Diet to be followed if you are suffering from Liver Disease?

If you are suffering from liver disease then your body may change the way how it extracts nutrients from your food. Some people may not be able to obtain nutrients from the food and as a result they lose their weight. Therefore, diet for liver patients must contain right quantity of calories, liquids and nutrients to manage the liver problem. Therefore, you need to create proper diet plan after consulting the dietician.

What are the nutrients that should be included?

The person suffering from liver disease, need to eat a variety of foods from various food groups in order to maintain proper body weight. Most of you may not feel hungry at all or may feel that your stomach is full even when your intake is less. Therefore, you need to eat 4 to 6 times in a day in small quantity in order to ensure that you are getting right number of calories. You need to check with your dietitian to know how much calories you need in a day.

  • Protein

For patients with liver disease, it is important to take proteins in the right quantities, and following are items according to their protein content per gram.

  1. 1 large egg (7 gms)
  2. Three ounces of meat, pork, turkey, chicken, or fish (21 gms)
  3. ½ cup of tofu (7 gms)
  4. 1 cup of milk or yogurt (8 gms)
  5. One ounce of cheese (7 gms)
  6. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (7 gms)
  7. ½ cup of cooked kidney, or navy beans (3 gms)
  8. ¼ cup of cottage cheese (7 gms)

  • Fat

Liver patient usually may have problem in related to digestion, especially while absorbing fat. If fat is not digested well, it will be eliminated from the body. One needs to eat less amount of fat, if you are suffering from liver problem. You may also ask your digestive and liver disease consultants and dietitian to know more details about low fat diet.

  • Carbohydrates

Bread, rice, pasta, cereal and grains (oats and rice) and various starchy vegetables like corn, potatoes and peas are carbohydrates. For some people with liver problem, the blood sugar levels may go high or low. There must be control exercised in the amount of carbohydrate intake so that you can control the amount of sugar level in the body.