• Liver Cirrhosis Diet – Dietary Plan for Cirrhosis
    October 28, 2015

    Cirrhosis is a condition in which there is destruction of liver cells. Vitamin-A deficiency favors the formation of cirrhosis.

    Principle of diet:

    A high protein , high calorie, high carbohydrates , moderate fat , high vitamin diet helps in regulation of liver and helps to prevent the formation of ascites. Fiber should be restricted in case of oesophagal varices and portal hypertension.

    • Carbohydrates should be liberally supplied so that the liver may store glycogen.
    • During cirrhosis the liver concentration of folate, riboflavin, and vitamin-A, B1 and B2 are decreased. Hence they should be supplemented.
    • A high intake of protein about 1.2gm/kg body weight should be given as it helps in regeneration of liver cells.

    Foods to be included for Cirrhosis Diet:

    Cereals, simple sugars, honey, egg white, vegetables like bottle guard, ridge guard, potato, fish, carrots, strained and clear juices and fruits less in fiber can be given.

    Honey is to be included in cirrhosis diet


    Foods to be avoided for Cirrhosis Diet:

    Peas, beans, lentils , legumes, ladies finger, brinjal, fried foods, guava, bakery items, spices, oily food, fast foods, oil, butter, cheese, chocolates.

    lentils to be avoided for cirrhosis diet


    Foods to be restricted in ascites (accumulation of fluid in peritoneal cavity):

    Salty foods, fiber foods, pickles, baked items, spinach, sea foods, whole grains.

    Sample diet for Cirrhosis

    Menu Servings
    Early morning Barley water1 cup
    Breakfast Kichidi2 katori
    Mid morningOrange juice 1 glass
    Lunch Rice
    Green gram dhal
    Bottle guard curry
    2 katori
    1 katori
    1 katori
    1 cup
    Tea time Tea
    Rice flakes poha
    1 cup
    2 servings
    Dinner Rice
    Tomato dhal
    Ridge guard curry
    2 katori
    1 katori
    1 katori
    1 cup
    Bed time Skimmed milk1 glass

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