I have been diagnosed with Fructose-Mal-Absorbtion thru my extreme fresh fruit intake. Eg drinking 10 fruit (vitamised) drink boost or 750 mls of fresh squeezed orange juice daily for last 30 yrs. Fresh pineapple & 2 bananas daily & home-made apricot jam (3 slices daily) are just some of the foods in diet. My conservative analysis indicates intake of 40 to 60 gms fructose daily that has probably led to my diagnosed fatty liver. I have now eliminated all these foods and substituting low fructose & non-processed foods. I am drinking green tea, eating walnuts, tumeric, ginger and dark chocolate to stimulate improved liver function and fasting occasionally to lighten stress on liver. I have introduced stewed apple with dried fruits in porridge as alternate to processed cereal that calculated equates to about 8 gms fructose. Can you pls indicate if amendments are correct and suggest other improvements I can make to improve liver performance now significantly reduced Fructose intake. I am 60 years old and annoyed at my past ignorance in dangers of Fructose, thinking not drinking alcohol was all I needed to consider with liver care. Neil
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on July 09, 2012
at 05:51 AM
The polyphenols in the green tea etc are good, but they do add stress to the system, so don't over indulge. Walnuts are very healthy, but are also a high source of Omega6, so you would want to limit them. You also want to get rid (or severely restrict) of anything that contains a lot of omega6, check out nutrition data. You would want to bring the consumption down to a couple of grams. Yes it is hard, and confusing at the beginning.
You might want to reduce carbs (not recommending a very low carb diet) to around 100gms to allow for a faster healing of the liver. Animal foods are best to get rid of fatty liver disease. You would want to add choline via liver and eggs as another answer says.
on July 09, 2012
at 05:28 AM
I'd recommend liver and/or eggs, both great sources of choline. Chris Masterjohn has written a fair bit about the importance of choline on fatty liver disease, here's out one of his blog posts on the subject: http://blog.cholesterol-and-health.com/2010/11/does-choline-deficiency-contribute-to.html
Beyond choline, liver and eggs are nutrient dense foods with many other compounds good for liver health (e.g. copper).
I think lowering fructose in your diet is important. I would also suggest seeking to greatly minimize linoleic acid (an omega-6 fat) in your diet; there are multiple reasons why this will be good for not only your liver health, but your overall health in general.