When was the last time you thought about the state of your liver? Chances are those thoughts rarely cross your mind. Your liver is one of the most hardworking organs, acting as a purifier, detoxifier, enzyme maker and drug metabolizer. One of the liver’s most important functions is to break down food and convert it into energy when you need it. Here are 5 foods you should avoid to keep this multitasking organ healthy so it can function properly.
5. High Fructose Corn Syrup
Foods and beverages that have lots of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) can gradually destroy your liver over time. Most soft drinks contain a form of HFCS that is 55% fructose. They also contain plenty of calories that can lead to uncontrolled weight gain. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that even without weight gain, this much fructose consumption can cause liver damage. Besides soda and soft drinks, other foods containing HFCS include packaged desserts, flavoured yoghurts, energy bars, white bread and crackers.