Hepatitis C Management: The Most Important Meal of the Day
In addition, experts suggest:
- avoiding simple carbohydrates, sugar, saturated fat and preservatives – these all cause inflammation in the liver.
- including a little healthy fat, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals – these all reduce inflammation in the liver.
To help your liver get optimal nutritional support in the morning, consider these examples of what to choose and what to stay away from for your first meal of the day:
- Good Choice #1 – Oatmeal with blueberries and a handful of unsalted walnuts, pecans or almonds. Oats are a great complex carbohydrate that supplies a steady stream of energy, contains Vitamin B and lots of fiber; blueberries contain fiber and are full of antioxidants; and nuts deliver a good dose of healthy fat and protein.
- Bad Choice #1 – Bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a roll or bagel. This very common breakfast sandwich contains plenty of protein (bacon, egg and cheese), but is also high in saturated fat and preservatives – known liver inflammation instigators. The roll or bagel is a simple carb (not complex), and will cause blood sugar levels to spike, providing a short burst of energy followed by an energetic crash.
- Good Choice #2 – Whole wheat tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, asparagus, spinach and half a grapefruit*. This combination delivers a complex carbohydrate (whole wheat tortilla), protein (egg), fiber (tortilla, grapefruit and vegetables), antioxidants (veggies and grapefruit) and vitamins and minerals (egg and veggies and grapefruit). *Grapefruit interacts with certain medications. Thus, discuss potential interactions between this citrus fruit and your medications with your doctor.
- Bad Choice #2 – Regular pancakes with syrup, sausage, hash browns and orange juice. Although this appears to be a typical American breakfast, it invites fatty liver disease, diabetes and obesity. Sausage is a protein but it is also full of preservatives and saturated fat. All of the other ingredients – pancakes, syrup, hash browns and orange juice – are either pure sugar or break down into sugar quickly. These will cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels, priming someone for insulin resistance, fatty liver disease and obesity. In addition, all of this sugar will lead to an energy crash shortly after eating.
- Good Choice #3 – Whole grain toast with avocado and plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with bananas and strawberries. Whole grain toast is a complex carbohydrate and avocado is a good fat with lots of fiber. Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is high in protein, calcium and probiotics (beneficial for the digestive system). In addition to fiber, bananas and strawberries also contain potassium, Vitamin C and antioxidants.
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