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Hepatitis And Jaundice Diet

Updated on September 16, 2011

A low fat diet is prescribed when a disease of the liver is present. The most common diseases are hepatitis and jaundice. In both of these diseases, the liver is unable to produce bile properly and therefore the patient is unable to digest fat. This means that fat in the diet must be reduced to a minimum.

The diet usually prescribed is a high protein, high carbohydrate regime to replace the Calories lost through not being able to eat fat.

This means that all fatty foods, such as fried foods, pastry, most cakes, fatty meats, cream and sometimes whole milk must be avoided. Cheese is usually restricted to cottage or curd varieties. Egg yolks must be avoided, because they are high in fat.

Low Fat Choices

Any of the following are suitable to serve to someone on a low fat diet:-


Vegetable puree soups made with skimmed milk. The vegetables should not be sautéed in butter.

Fruit or vegetables baked in foil with fruit juice or stock but no fat.

Roast meat trimmed of all fat.

Grilled lean meat.

Savory aspic moulds providing they do not contain cream.

Cold-start casseroles thickened with starch but not with beurre manie.

Meringues served with fruit puree, but not with cream.

Boiled pasta (avoid oil, cheese or butter from the sauce).

Rice, providing it is not served with milk or fat.

Below are some high fat and low fat food.

High fat food to avoided:-

1. Butter

2. Lard

3. Suet

4. Oils

5. Cream

6. Bacon

7. Ham

8. Lamb

9. Pork

10. Nuts

11. Cheese

12. Sauces made with fat

13. Margarine

14. Cooking fat

15. Dripping

16. Cream cheese

17. Mayonnaise

18. Salad cream

19. Fried food

20. Chocolate

21. Cakes

22. Puddings

23. Pastries

Low fat food to choose:-

1. All vegetables without fat

2. All fruit except avocado pears and olives

3. Fatless sponges, such as angel cake

4. Jam

5. Sugar

6. Honey

7. Fruit drinks

8. Skimmed milk

9. Plain bread

10. Pasta

11. Rice

12. Meat extract

13. White fish

14. Low fat yoghurt


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    • alstonlimlh profile image

      alstonlimlh 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for your correction. I make a mistake.

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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      I believe it should be Hepatitis.

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      Juices of oranges, lemons, grapes, pears, carrots, beets and sugarcane can be taken during jaundice.One glass of sugarcane juice, mixed with the juice of half a lime should be taken twice daily, it will expedite recovery from jaundice.