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

A 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.

cirrhosis diet

 Fiber should be restricted in the case of esophageal 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 the 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.

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.

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

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

Sample diet for Cirrhosis

Timings Menu Servings
Early morning Barley water 1 Cup
Breakfast Kichidi 2 Katori
Mid-morning Orange juice 1 glass
Lunch  Rice 2 Katori
  Green gram dhal 1 Katori
  Bottle guard curry 1 Katori
  Curd 1 Cup
Tea time Tea 1 Cup
  Rice flakes poha 2 Servings
Dinner Rice 2 Katori
  Tomato dhal 1 Katori
  Ridge guard curry 1 Katori
  Curd 1 Cup
Bedtime Skimmed milk 1 glass

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