Liver damage can be caused by foods that you just will not believe. For example too much Vitamin A or herbal supplements will do it. Here some other surprising foods that can be dangerous for your liver.
Liver: Perils of Excessive Vitamin A
Your body needs vitamin A, and it’s fine to get it from plants such as fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those that are red, orange, and yellow. But if you take supplements that have high doses of vitamin A, that can be a problem for your liver. Check with your doctor before you take any extra vitamin A because you probably don’t need it.
Liver: Soda Is Poison
Research shows that people who drink a lot of soft drinks are more likely to have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Studies don’t prove that the drinks were the cause. But if you down a lot of sodas and have been meaning to cut back, this could be a good reason to switch what you sip.
You’ve got a sore back, or a headache, or a cold, and you reach for a pain reliever. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. If you accidentally take too much of anything that has acetaminophen it can be harmful. Check the dose and how much is OK to take in one day. Stick to those limits, and you should be fine.
Liver: Trans Fats
Trans fats are a man-made fat in some packaged foods and baked goods. (You’ll see them listed as “partially hydrogenated” ingredients). A diet high in trans fats makes you more likely to gain weight. That’s not good. Check the ingredients list. Even if it says “0” grams of trans fat, it may still have a small amount. It all adds up.
Liver: Alcohol, Even Small Amounts
You probably already know that drinking too much is bad. But you might not realize that “too much” can happen without you being an alcoholic or addicted to alcohol. It’s easy to drink more than you think. Many glasses can hold a lot more than one standard serving, which is 5 ounces of wine (that’s a little more than half a cup), 12 ounces of regular beer, or 1.5 ounces of liquor. If you drink, be sure to keep it moderate, that’s one drink a day for women and up to 2 per day for men.