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Foods to avoid during Cirrhosis

Updated on April 24, 2012

Cirrhosis diet:

Cirrhosis is a disease which involves irreversible scarring of the liver. It occurs after many years of liver tissue inflammation. The causes of cirrhosis includes excessive alcohol intake, viral hepatitis B and C, exposure to certain toxins, blocked bile ducts and drug use. The ideal diet for cirrhosis is low in fat, reduced salt consumption, eliminating alcohol and maintaining healthy weight. Here are some of the foods to avoid during cirrhosis.

Signs and symptoms of liver disease:

People who have cirrhosis sometimes have no symptoms until the liver damage is severe. Here are some of the symptoms of cirrhosis which includes:

  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Easy bruising
  • Confusion
  • Nose bleeds

Avoid processed foods during cirrhosis
Avoid processed foods during cirrhosis

List of foods to avoid during cirrhosis:

1. Processed foods: Avoid processed foods when having cirrhosis. It is found in canned foods, chicken nuggets, fast foods, frozen dinners, hot dogs, chips, snacks and processed chesses.

2. Meats: Some of the meats to avoid during cirrhosis include bacon, luncheon meats, red meats, frankfurters, ham, sausages, beef, canned fish, sardines, herring, anchovies, canned meats, imitation crab and smoked salmon.

3. Vegetables and fruits: Some of the vegetables to avoid with cirrhosis include sauerkraut, regular tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, vegetables prepared with olives, brine and pickles, frozen peas and lima beans. These vegetables are high in sodium and should be avoided during cirrhosis. Green leafy vegetabels is high in nutrition and it is good for the liver. Grapefruit should be avoided with cirrhosis. It is hard for your liver to digest.

4. Raw foods: Avoid undercooked eggs, meats, dairy products such as milk, unpasteurized fruits and vegetables.

5. Soups: Soups that are high in sodium include commercially prepared stews, bouillon cubes and canned broth soups.

Avoid refined sugar products during cirrhosis
Avoid refined sugar products during cirrhosis


6. Refined sugar products: Refined sugar is found in cookies, ice cream, cakes, honey, maple syrup and foods made with white sugar.

7. High Fat foods: Some of the high fat foods includes croissant with egg, cheese, and bacon, lamb, pork, whole milk, cold cuts submarine sandwich, shortening, doughnuts and candies.

8. Snacks: Avoid potato chips, salted pretzels and salted popcorn.

9. Fried foods: Avoid fried foods such as french fries and fried chicken.

10. Drinks: Consult your health care provider if you have swelling during cirrhosis. They will tell you the amount of liquid you can drink each day. Liquids is found in water, soup, milk, beverages,juice and soda.

11. Limit caffeine intake, chocolate and sports drinks when you have cirrhosis.

12. Medicines: Avoid pain relieving medicines such as aspirin and other products that contain acetaminophen. These are toxic to liver.

13. Alcohol: Avoid alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, hard liquor and any drinks made with hard liquor during cirrhosis.

14. Others: Other foods to avoid during cirrhosis includes monosodium glutamate, salt substitutes containing potassium chloride, condiments like ketchup, cold cuts, macaroni and cheese, chili peppers, onion soup and foods made with seasoned bread crumbs.


1. Always read the labels when you buy any foods. Check the sodium content and the fat content.

2. Avoid packaged foods and restaurant foods that are high in sodium content. Always ask your dietician how much sodium you can have every day.

3. You can use low sodium spices for cooking. Season with spices such as basil, lemon juice, garlic and thyme.

4. Completely avoid table salt for cooking.

5. Excessive protein intake may increase your ammonia level and may result in hepatic encephalopathy. It is a condition that affects brain function.

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