7 Foods to Avoid With Hepatitis C

by Allison Tsai Editor


Alcohol has a clear detrimental effect on the liver, and someone with hepatitis C (HCV) needs to be especially careful. In order to recover from HCV and prevent liver damage, abstaining from alcohol is an important dietary step.

Woman saying no to bread that contains gluten.

Wheat and Gluten

For people who have trouble digesting and processing gluten, it can create chronic inflammation that leads to “leaky gut” syndrome. This causes toxins and other organisms to enter the blood stream which can create a chronic, toxic overload to the liver. This can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which can progress to more serious liver problems.

Cooking oil on frying pan.

Hydrogenated Oil

This type of oil is hard on the liver. Hydrogenated oil is refined and hardens when cold. A better alternative is flaxseed oil or extra virgin olive oil.

Dairy products.

Dairy products

People with liver disease, particularly cirrhosis, are more likely to have trouble digesting dairy. Research has suggested that this might be due to small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Liver disease may increase the risk for SIBO, which then increases the chance of becoming lactose intolerant.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is very high in sugar, which shocks the liver and stresses the digestive process and pancreas. It also feeds the Hepatitis C virus.

Artificial sugar packets.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are very hard for the liver to process. Liver disease already puts a strain on the liver, which makes it more difficult for the liver to detoxify the blood. Artificial sweeteners add additional byproducts that the liver needs to remove from the blood.

Junk snack foods in bowls.

Processed Foods

Processed food and junk food contain all kinds of preservatives, fillers, chemically treated substances and additives that stress the liver. In addition, these foods tend to have too much fat, sugar and empty calories that are not healthy.

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