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FAQ: What foods should I avoid?"

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What foods should I avoid?

Everyone should avoid eating a lot of fat, cholesterol, salt and processed sugar, even if their liver is healthy. In addition, those with HCV should limit or avoid alcohol. Drinking alcohol will speed up liver damage. It is best to avoid wild mushrooms because many kinds look similar. Poisonous mushrooms are very damaging to the liver.

Eating properly can help decrease some of the symptoms of Hepatitis C, like feeling tired and sick. Drink lots of water for general health benefits. HCV is not a digestive disease. Diet will not affect the disease. Your doctor may put you on a special diet if you have advanced liver disease.

For more information, see the program on diet and nutrition.