The first thing you do after getting diagnosed with Fatty Liver is to research on the internet about it. You also end up finding that there is very little real guidance on fatty liver / NAFLD. As you search more, you almost always end up joining various groups and forums where opinions galore. Most people speak from a data point of 1-2 people, however, what you are actually hearing are Fatty Liver Myths. Moreover, following these fatty liver myths can worsen your condition.
When I reversed my Fatty Liver, I focused a lot on understanding existing scientific research and came across these 7 Myths that I hope you can avoid.
Focus on yourself, not on myths. Don’t gamble on your liver.
Fatty Liver Myths #1: Fruits Such As Bananas Are To Be Avoided
The truth is, that fruits need to be measured not just by sugar content but as a nutrition package. Fruits have natural sugar which is better absorbed by the body. While some fruits like bananas may have a high glycemic index, but they have moderate to low glycemic load. Fruits have fructose though, so it is important to keep the servings limited (no more than 3 servings a day) and only whole fruits.
Myth #2: Dairy Must Be Avoided For Reversing Fatty Liver
On the internet, you will find some extreme points of view. Some of them profess dairy as the devil. They make you think that going vegan is the only way to go. Well, it is not! Yes, increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables is highly recommended, however, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on dairy. Dairy has a lot of important ingredients for Liver health, including Vitamin D (low Vitamin D is highly correlated with fatty liver disease).
Read Also: Can I consume Dairy For NAFLD / Fatty Liver?
Myth #3: Sugar-Free or Zero-Sugar Items Are OK to Consume
Zero-sugar or sugar substitutes such as Aspartame (or Splenda) are not recommended for Fatty Liver. Most “zero-sugar” processed food in grocery stores not only contains Aspartame, it also contains other processed ingredients that make it harmful for a fatty liver. DO NOT just read “Sugar-Free” and buy an item. Read the labels carefully. There are a few viable substitutes that are better than Aspartame, however, recent studies have found that even these substitutes could be harmful.
Read Also: 3 Sugar Substitutes For Fatty Liver / NAFLD
Myth #4: Honey Is Good For Fatty Liver
While it is true that “Organic Raw Honey” has some liver-protecting benefits, the important thing to note is that honey is no sugar substitute. It is true that in very small quantities honey can provide some benefits, however, if you consume any more, the harm outweighs the benefits. Be very careful of what kind of honey you eat and how much.
Read Also: Is honey safe to eat with Fatty Liver?
Myth #5: Keto Is Best For Fatty Liver
Keto – in all reality is an extreme diet. When it works, it may help with weight loss, however attaining ketosis is a big challenge. Meanwhile, if you keep eating as much fat as keto recommends, you are stressing an already ailing liver further. Common sense dictates that you be very careful about your Keto Diet and Your Fatty Liver.
Myth #6: Drink Almond Milk Instead Of Regular Milk
Did you know that Almond Milk, the same that you find in the grocery store “milk” section, with the most beautiful and plentiful almonds on the packaging, only contains 2-4% almonds? The rest are water and processed additives to make the texture actually feel like milk. Need I say more? It’s basically processed water. Avoid it.
Myth #7: Vitamin E Is A Must Supplement For Fatty Liver
Most doctors recommend Vitamin E as a supplement for fatty liver. While there is usually no harm in taking Vitamin E as a supplement, why take another “processed” medicine when you can get the same from so many natural sources? Unless you are deficient in Vitamin E, my recommendation is to minimize Vitamin E supplementation.
You have only one liver. You can gamble on extreme points of view, fad diets, miracle cures, etc. and hope for the best or you can try to be balanced about your approach. It is entirely your decision. From my own experience with reversing my fatty liver and helping many reverse theirs, I can confidently state that at least avoid these 7 myths for reversing your Fatty Liver / NAFLD.