Print Edition - 2019-02-21  |  Health and Living

Lots of meat tied to liver disease

  • Eating habits

Feb 21, 2019-

People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests.

Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. Overweight people who ate the most animal protein were 54 percent more likely to have fatty liver than individuals who consumed less meat, the analysis found.

“This was independent of common risk factors for NAFLD such as sociodemographic factors, lifestyle, and metabolic factors, said senior study author Dr Sarwa Darwish Murad, a hepatologist at Erasmus MC University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The current study results add to the evidence suggesting that people should limit red and processed meat and try to eat more fish and follow a Mediterranean diet, Zelber-Sagi added. A Mediterranean diet is rich in whole grains, fish, lean protein, veggies and olive oil.

At most, people should eat red meat no more than once or twice a week, Zelber-Sagi advised. Processed meat should be avoided or consumed only rarely.

Published: 21-02-2019 10:29

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