An individual with hepatitis C should avoid eating sugary foods, fatty foods and raw shellfish, according to WebMD. A doctor may recommend an individual with hepatitis C to avoid salty foods, limit protein, and limit or avoid alcohol, depending on the individual’s health.
Sugar and fatty foods cause the liver to work harder and may add fat deposits, explains WebMD. Raw shellfish may contain bacteria that are especially harmful for an individual with hepatitis C. Salty foods are harmful if the individual is retaining fluid in the legs or abdomen. Protein is often difficult for a damaged liver to process and may need to be avoided if the individual has cirrhosis, depending on the stage of the disease. An individual with hepatitis should also avoid or limit alcohol according to what the doctor recommends.
The health of an individual with hepatitis C can be improved or worsened through diet and lifestyle, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Having a fatty liver and being overweight make hepatitis C worse, while eating a balanced diet and exercising properly generally improves liver health. A balanced diet consists of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, protein foods and dairy products. An individual with hepatitis C can maintain a good energy level by eating small meals or snacks at least every three or four hours.