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Protein Consumption for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. November 11, 2015

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Learn how pea protein can help to support liver cell regeneration over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving is a joyful, food-centric holiday enjoyed by most Americans. Usually marked by a gluttonous feast as its celebrants give thanks for the recent harvest, Thanksgiving is the most frequently cited day when dietary cautions are thrown to the wind. Some common Thanksgiving foods are good for the body; others not so much.

For those with chronic Hepatitis C (or other liver ailment), taking care of their liver in the midst of a feast is a smart way to prevent liver disease progression. In addition to avoiding fatty and sugary dishes, consuming adequate quantities of protein can help support liver health.

Thanksgiving Food Division

In an effort to divide the foods on your Thanksgiving table into those that are liver-friendly and those that aren’t, it is important to understand the liver’s vulnerability to food. The liver essentially processes everything we eat or drink, helping to remove any toxins from the bloodstream. Foods that interfere with detoxification contribute to inflammation in the liver, which instigates liver damage. On the other hand, foods that neutralize inflammation protect against liver damage. In addition, some foods provide the raw materials to help re-build damaged liver cells.

Examples in each category include:

  • Thanksgiving foods contributing to inflammation – Gravy made from pan drippings, buttery mashed potatoes, pumpkin, apple and pecan pies, sausage stuffing, fried onions, creamy vegetables, alcohol, candied yams and crispy turkey skin.
  • Thanksgiving foods that neutralize inflammation – Steamed asparagus or collard greens, butternut squash soup (without cream), cranberry sauce (without sugar), baked sweet potato and baked apple (without sugar).
  • Thanksgiving foods that help re-build injured liver cells – White turkey meat.

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