Eating meat may raise risk of non-fatty liver disease

Study shows people with NAFLD get more of their total calories from animal protein

People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than those whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests.

Researchers examined data from dietary questionnaires and liver fat scans for 3882 adults with an average age of 70, including 1337 (34%) with NAFLD, of which 1205 were overweight.

People with NAFLD got more of their total calories from protein: 16% compared with 15.4% without the liver condition.

Vegetable consumption was similar for both groups, with meats accounting for the difference in protein consumption.

Overweight people who ate the most animal protein were 54% more likely to have fatty liver than those who consumed less meat, the analysis found.

Furthermore, the findings were independent of calories consumed,