The Worst Snack Foods for Your Liver
Soda epitomizes some of the myriad issues with foods that cause liver damage, such as high sugar content, artificial chemicals, flavorings, additives, as well as a lack of any substantial nutritional benefits—even if it's of the diet or caffeine-free variety.
Consuming too much salt can have a negative effect on your liver function, The American Liver Foundation confirms. So, a large bag of chips enjoyed in one sitting can definitely be a less-than-ideal snack choice.
Too much red 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.
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 fruits are also often packed with saccharine syrups and added sugars.
Crackers may seem relatively innocuous, but they're not an excellent option for your liver health. Foods with refined carbs or sugars, high-fructose corn syrup, and white bread, rice, or pasta can all be problematic for the liver, according to research.
The American Liver Foundation is clear in its directives to avoid fried food (and fast food!) if looking to maintain a healthy liver. Many fried foods often tend to be breaded or dairy-heavy, which are also other foods that should be eaten in moderation in order to support your liver health.
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