A person with nonalcoholic fatty liver or fatty liver disease due to alcohol should follow a diet that is low in saturated fats and fructose, states MedicineNet.com. It is suggested that 2 cups of coffee per day may benefit patients with fatty liver disease, as there is less fibrosis in these patients.
A diet that is high in unsaturated healthy fats, balanced and very low in alcohol is ideal, notes MedicineNet.com. There is no evidence to suggest or dispute that light alcohol consumption for patients with fatty liver disease is either beneficial or harmful. Therefore, erring on the side of caution and limiting alcohol intake are suggested.
Healthier types of fats include monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, states Mayo Clinic. Polyunsaturated fat is found in plant-based foods and oils, and omega-3 fatty acids are found in plant sources and some varieties of fish. The body does not convert and use plant-based omega's as well as those found in fish.
People who have fatty liver disease should avoid foods that are refined, as well as fast-burning carbohydrates, states WebMD. Some examples are bread, rice and potatoes. Grits, corn and concentrated sugars, including fructose corn syrup, found in juices and sports drinks should also be avoided. Avoiding medication unless it's absolutely necessary is also important, as it can actually slow down the progression of the fatty liver disease.