Trim that fatty liver

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Adiposis hepatica, or fatty liver, is a common disorder that can be revealed in a routine medical check-up.

The diagnosis should be followed up with an ultrasound scan to determine the extent of the fatty build-up. There's rarely cause for alarm.

Natural therapist Hoai Vu says adiposis hepatica is characterized by a higher-than-normal fat content in the liver. A higher cholesterol count is also common.

According to Vu, the proportion of fat in a healthy liver is 3 to 5 percent by weight, whereas with fatty liver it's over 30 percent.

A diet rich in fat, carbohydrates and alcohol is the main contributing factor in developing adiposis hepatica, so the best way to treat it is through sound nutrition.

Fiber, minerals, vitamins and protein-based food are the answer for anyone with fatty liver.

The intake of white food, which is full of sugars and other carbohydrates, should be restricted to the amount of energy needed for the day's activities. For an office worker, that's very little.

Avoid animal fat as much as possible, don't eat more than three egg yolks a week, but be sure to ingest at least 120 grams of protein daily, preferably more.

Hoai Vu's recipes for beating fatty liver:

Onion and bean sprouts

Remove the stalks of 150 grams of bean sprouts, peel and thinly slice one onion. Heat oil in a wok or frying pan over a low flame for two minutes then throw in the onions and lightly stir until golden brown. Put in the bean sprouts and continue cooking for four minutes. Add soy sauce, pepper and other spices to taste, and serve with steamed rice.

Meat balls and mushrooms

Mince 100 grams of beef and roll into balls. Boil 200 grams of fresh edible mushrooms for five minutes over a high flame, then strain off the water. Pour 50ml of oil into a pre-heated pan and fry the mushrooms, stirring lightly. Add 10ml of white alcohol and season the mushrooms with spices. Next, add the meat balls with 100ml of boiled water and viscid starch at the bottom of the pan. Serve the meat balls and mushrooms together, and say goodbye to fatty liver.

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