Cottage cheese is a high-protein food which is also high in calcium. However, the amount of sodium in cottage cheese may also be high, causing a health risk for some people. Cottage cheese typically contains 696 mg of sodium per cup. This may counteract the benefits of calcium to the liver, as too much sodium can be detrimental. Also, excessive intake of calcium may lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Sugar is another culprit when it comes to damaging the liver. Consuming too much of it increases blood sugar levels, causing fat to deposit in the liver. Therefore, people with fatty liver should limit their intake of ice creams, sweetened beverages, and candy. Also, people with fatty liver should avoid red meat and processed grain products because they contain a lot of saturated fats. Instead, opt for lean meats instead.
Besides dairy, people with fatty liver disease should eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and have been shown to improve HDL cholesterol levels. Flaxseeds, broccoli, and cauliflower contain these fatty acids. These foods are also good sources of calcium.
The study results also indicate that liver fat content is inversely related to the dietary quality of a person’s diet. In addition, cake and cookie intake, high-fat dairy, and legume intake were inversely associated with the development of NAFLD. However, these findings are not definitive and more studies are needed to determine whether there is a direct correlation between these factors and the risk of liver damage.