The Best Diet For Fatty Liver Disease [NAFLD]
If we use the best available human evidence as our metric for evaluation, there is little question of the fact that the Mediterranean Diet is the best diet for fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease, specifically Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease [NAFLD], affects up to 1 in 3 adults – as per the latest data out of the acclaimed Lancet journal.
This means we have something like 33% of the adult population in North America curious about what the best diet for fatty liver disease is.
So why is the Mediterranean diet the best?
Let’s find out.
The Mediterranean Diet For Fatty Liver Disease
In 2020 the European Society For Clinical Nutrition And Metabolism published their latest comprehensive guidelines regarding nutrition for liver disease.
Here’s what they had to say about the Mediterranean diet:
Improves insulin resistance
Reduces liver fat accumulation
Reduces liver scarring/damage
The best part?
All of these positive changes can occur independent of changes to your body weight, which means you can spend your time and energy focusing on bringing the Med Diet to life rather than scale surfing.
So how can you bring this style of eating to life?
Let’s find out.
The Mediterranean Diet In 6 Steps
When scientists and researchers evaluate how closely someone is following the Mediterranean diet they look at very specific criteria.
Let’s go through those criteria together.
Criteria #1 – Vegetable Intake
The Mediterranean diet asks you to consume at least 400 grams of vegetables per day.
For reference, 1 cup of broccoli is around 100 grams.
If you use lots of lighter weight garnish type vegetables, like onions/garlic, you may be able to get away with closer to 300 grams.
Criteria #2 – Fruit Intake
The Mediterranean diet asks you to consume at least 3 servings of fruit per day.
For reference, let’s say 1 piece of fruit OR 1 cup of fruit is equivalent to one serving.
One of these servings could be 100% fruit juice, I recommend orange.
Criteria #3 – Olive Oil Use
Olive oil is uniquely high in beneficial monounsaturated fats and a staple cooking and dressing oil for the Mediterranean diet.
In sum, the…