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More than Liquor Hurts your Liver

Filed Under: Health Foods,Sexual Health at 9:16 am | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
LiverAs organs go, we pay considerably more attention to our heart than any other. After all, it’s the one we can feel beating in our chests; it’s the one that stops our lives the second it stops. But, what about the other organs? What about the liver? The liver controls our metabolism, stores sugar for energy and breaks down toxins to eliminate them. It is one of the most vital parts of our bodies,  and yet we pay little attention to it. Yes, we know that too much alcohol will damage it, and we take that into the consideration when drinking. However, it’s not just alcohol that can harm our liver; it’s food too.

A recent Boston-based study found that a diet high in high-glycemic-index (high-GI) foods could lead to fatty liver. The researchers came to this conclusion after giving laboratory mice one of two diets. While both had the same calorie-count, one contained high-GI foods, and the other didn’t. After six months, all of the mice weighed the same, but those on the high-GI diet had twice as much fat in their bodies, bloodstreams and livers.  This leads to fatty liver, a condition in which more than 10 percent of your liver’s weight is fat. Unfortunately, most people don’t know that they have fatty liver. On its own, it has no obvious symptoms. You could go for years without ever knowing that your liver was at risk. In fact, you would know nothing until your liver became inflamed and liver damage occurred. By then, it would be too late. 

So, you want to avoid fatty liver. To do that, avoid high-GI foods. This includes mashed potatoes, white rice, white breads, chips and certain cereals such as Coco Puffs, Rice Krispies and Cornflakes. Opt, instead, for low-GI foods – rye breads, peanuts, spaghetti, unprocessed fruits and skim milk. If you want to aim somewhere in the middle consider pita bread, raisins, wild rice, boiled potatoes and honey. It will make the high-GI withdrawal a little easier.  Remember that, in this case, calorie-count is not your focus. You could stay within your daily-value limit and still consume to much bad starch. Your liver will get fatty, and you’ll be in the danger zone. Quality counts just as much as quantity. You may not be able to feel your liver working, but you’ll feel it if it stops.

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