Diet for hepatitis C – menu for the week with recipes

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Hepatitis C is a dangerous viral disease that affects the liver and reduces the immune system. Transmitted through the blood: in tattoos and manicure salons, in dental clinics, etc. Treatment of the disease is certainly accompanied by a strict diet, the menu of which is designed to reduce the load of the liver and strengthen the immune system.

The principle of diet for hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is dangerous because it destroys the liver, and in case of complications it leads to cirrhosis and even to cancer. Treatment of the disease is accompanied by a diet, which some patients are forced to adhere to throughout life to avoid complications. The therapeutic menu is aimed at shaking the liver, and therefore in the diet, products containing carbohydrates and proteins predominate.

Dietary menu for hepatitis C involves reducing consumption of animal fats and salt, acid fruits and vegetables, confectionery products with an abundance of creams, carbonated drinks, coffee, alcohol. Diet for hepatitis C is a high-calorie diet. The patient should receive at least 2300-2400 calories per day. The daily menu is designed for five meals in small portions. It is recommended to increase the volume of consumed liquid (water, weak tea, decoctions) to 2,5 liters per day.

Permitted and Prohibited Products

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In the diet menu for the treatment of hepatitis C are allowed:

  • lean varieties of meat and poultry (rabbit, turkey, chicken);
  • low-fat fish;
  • porridge (buckwheat, oatmeal, rice);
  • dairy products of low fat content;
  • yesterday’s or dried bread, biscuits;
  • not acidic fruits and vegetables;
  • jelly, jam, pastille, marmalade.

From drinks it is recommended to use in the diet menu not strong green and black tea, compotes, decoctions.

When observing a therapeutic diet for hepatitis C, the use of the menu is prohibited:

  • fatty meat and fish;
  • fried, smoked products;
  • sharp and pepper sauces, spices;
  • confectionery, chocolate, ice cream;
  • fresh bakery products;
  • red and black caviar;
  • beans, mushrooms;
  • cream, fermented baked milk, sour cottage cheese;
  • coffee, alcohol.

Menu with chronic form

The disease with hepatitis C, which has taken a chronic form, requires a long course of treatment. To normalize liver function, and to avoid cirrhosis, doctors prescribe a therapeutic diet for the patient. The menu is dominated by dishes containing protein and carbohydrates. When dieting, consumption of animal fats is minimized. Nutrition is frequent, 5-6 once a day in small portions. The thermal treatment of products is shown, mainly in cooked and stewed. Alcoholic drinks during the diet are completely excluded.

When the disease is in an exacerbation stage

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In case of hepatitis C disease, which has taken the stage of exacerbation, a diet is prescribed, the most gentle liver. From the menu, all fatty meat varieties are excluded, as well as meat broths, fried, smoked, canned, spicy and peppery dishes, marinades, fresh baked goods and confectionery, chocolate, carbonated and alcoholic beverages. Excluded from the diet with a diet: garlic, radishes, onions and radishes.

The therapeutic diet for hepatitis C allows on the menu lean meats and fish, steamed or cooked, mashed or boiled porridge, low-fat cottage cheese, fresh vegetables and fruits (not acidic), freshly squeezed juices diluted with water. At the stage of exacerbation, an increase in the menu of weak tea, especially herbal tea, is shown in the menu.

Nutrition for hepatitis C with cirrhosis

Diet, aimed at treating hepatitis with cirrhosis, suggests a complete reduction of free liquid in ready meals. Adding salt to meals with a diet is prohibited. The patient needs to eat cooked, and then mashed dishes in the form of mashed potatoes. In the menu are added products with a high content of potassium: pumpkin, parsley, potatoes, apricots, dried apricots, raisins and dried fruits.

Sample menu for the week

Therapeutic diet for chronic hepatitis C implies the complete exclusion from the menu of fatty, peppery and sharp, fried, as well as smoked products. Cooked, cooked for steamed or baked in the oven dishes are shown to be used. With hepatitis C before baking lean meat (turkey, chicken, rabbit), it is pre-cooked. The therapeutic diet of acute form of hepatitis C is characterized by the complete withdrawal of free liquid in dishes, excluding salt and increasing the consumption of products containing potassium (melon, apricots, raisins, potatoes) in the menu.

  • Muesli
  • Cracker
  • Cream-soup from vegetables
  • Kefir 1%
  • Boiled chicken breast. Spinach, dill, parsley
  • Buckwheat
  • Dried fruits
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Unsweetened, low-fat yogurt
  • Fillet of pike perch on the grill. Puree from eggplant
  • Low-fat curd with dried fruits
  • Crackers
  • Squash Cavier
  • Apricots
  • Turkey fillet with fresh vegetables
  • Boiled rice. Banana
  • Milk 1%
  • Cutlets from beef steamed. Cucumbers, tomatoes
  • Dried white bread with jam
  • Pike baked in the oven. Vegetable stew
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Figs, dried apricots
  • Rice pudding
  • Banana, apple
  • Braised rabbit. Cabbage casserole
  • Toast with jam
  • An Apple. Plum
  • Borsch with vegetables and sour cream
  • Cottage cheese casserole
  • Fillet of pollock. Cucumber, Bulgarian pepper
  • Kefir 1%. Cracker
  • Baked apples
  • Chicken meatballs for a couple. Jerusalem artichoke
  • Stuffed nuts prunes
  • Omelet made of proteins, baked in the oven. Berry fruit drink

When observing a therapeutic diet for hepatitis C, it is recommended to add a fruit jelly, a decoction of rose hips, compote.

Dish recipes

  • low-fat cottage cheese 250 gr;
  • manga 1 st. a spoon;
  • granulated sugar 1,5 st. spoons;
  • butter 1 st. a spoon;
  • 1 egg;
  • raisins 50 gr.

We beat the sugar with the egg. Mix cottage cheese with softened butter. Mix cottage cheese, eggs with sugar, mango, raisins to a homogeneous mass. We put the mass in a baking dish, greased with butter. Bake 30 minutes in the oven.

Include a curd casserole in your breakfast menu while observing a therapeutic diet for hepatitis C.

Carcasses of pollock are washed, salt. Carrots are peeled, cut into circles. We rub the cheese on the grater. On a greased baking sheet, spread the fish fillets, evenly covering it with carrot slices. Whisk until smoothly sour cream with milk. We pour the sauce over the fish. Top with cheese. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes until ready.

Baked fillets of pollock diversify the menu for dinner on one of the days of dieting for hepatitis C.

  • rice 50 gr;
  • butter 25 gr;
  • milk 1% 500 gr;
  • vegetable oil 1 st. a spoon;
  • powdered sugar 1 st. a spoon.

We carefully rinse the rice, mix it with milk and sugar powder, put it in a form greased with vegetable oil. Top with butter we spread. We place in an oven heated to 150 degrees and bake 1,5 hours, occasionally stirring.

Rice pudding diversifies the menu in the treatment of hepatitis C. With a diet, it can be consumed as a dessert and served with jam, jam or fresh fruit.

  • water 1 l;
  • berries (currants, raspberries, cherries);
  • brown sugar 150 gr.

Rinse the berries, mash. Through gauze, drain the juice. Pulp send into a pan, pour boiling water, cook 15 minutes on low heat. The resulting broth strain through gauze, add sugar to the filtered juice, leave to cool. In the cooled fruit juice we add juice of fresh berries. Morse is served chilled, preferably in glasses with ice.

Chilled berry juice is a tonic drink, which doctors recommend to include in its diet menu in the treatment of hepatitis C.

Stewed turkey with vegetables

  • turkey fillet 400 gr;
  • tomatoes 2 pcs;
  • Bulgarian pepper 1 pcs;
  • water 1 glass;
  • a pinch of salt.

Wash the fillets, cut into small pieces, salt. Tomatoes should be boiled, peeled, cut into cubes. Pepper should be cleaned of seeds, rinsed, finely chopped. Put tomatoes and peppers in a heated pan for 5 minutes. We put into the frying pan the chopped pieces of turkey, carefully mix. Pour a glass of water, bring to a boil. We reduce the heat, stew, until the liquid evaporates completely (on average 20-30 minutes), stirring occasionally.

In the treatment of chronic hepatitis C shows the use of stewed vegetables with turkeys on the menu for lunch or dinner. According to the diet for hepatitis C in acute form, the excess fluid must definitely be decanted.

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Miriam Josey
Miriam Josey is an RD and expert in healthy diets and sustainable lifestyles. She has a B.S from Cal State (Nutritional Science) and an M.S. from the University of Southern California (Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity). Miriam’s professional chef certificate allows her to develop rich, non-restrictive diets for weight loss.


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