by Thelma Maria Simon on  February 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM Health In Focus
Junk Foods and Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a life threatening condition that affects the liver. It is generally thought to affect the alcohol consuming population. Off late, the researches have confirmed that regular consumption of junk food can have the same negative effects on the liver that has been caused by hepatitis C.

The main reason behind this is the accumulation of saturated fats in the liver leading to a condition called fatty liver. The increased amount of fats that accumulates causes damage to the liver cells. A fatty liver can cause accelerated liver damage than otherwise. The liver needs time and space to digest the fat present in foods. Due to excess accumulation there is no space between fat digestion and absorption eventually leading to liver damage.

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Junk foods include hamburgers, fried chicken, onion rings, French fries etc. Researches have proven that French fries are more dangerous as they not only contain excess salt but also sugar as the people selling French fries add sugar to the potato chunks to make it golden crisp. This adds to the fat content already present in French fries. It goes to all the other golden fried foods.

Even salads served in the restaurants are considered dangerous due to the use of anti - freeze chemicals that help to retain the flavors of the salad stored in refrigeration. The chemical component present in this anti - freeze agent is called propylene glycol that poses a danger to the liver.

The common symptoms associated with hepatitis C are fatigue, joint pain, and yellowish discoloration of urine, jaundice, loss of appetite, liver failure. The same could be seen as the effect of regular intake of junk foods. The best way to prevent the symptoms associated with this is to avoid junk foods as much as possible. An occasional intake does not do as much harm as those consuming it regularly.

The ways to prevent the occurrence could be by either reducing or completely stopping the intake of junk foods, detoxification of the body on a regular basis, avoidance of alcohol, sugar and salt, proper exercise, avoidance of self-medication and less fat intake.

Select your Diet and save your Liver.

Source: Medindia

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