7 Foods That RUIN Your Liver

Do you consume these foods that ruin your liver? Check this out!


0:00 Introduction: Foods that ruin your liver
0:40 #1 Soy protein isolates
2:22 #2 Fructose
4:33 #3 Vegetable fats
6:30 #4 Whey protein powder
7:35 #5 Maltodextrin
9:00 #6 Aflatoxins
9:52 #7 MSG
11:00 Is red meat bad for the liver?
11:38 What is the best food for the liver?
11:52 Check out my video on how to repair your liver!

You are as healthy as your liver. Your liver helps you in many different ways, but its main function is to detox poisons.

It’s important to be aware of these ingredients in certain foods that ruin your liver, so you can avoid them and keep your liver healthy.

The best type of food for the liver is cruciferous vegetables. Be sure to consume cruciferous vegetables regularly to support a healthy liver.

7 ingredients in foods that will ruin your liver:
1. Soy protein isolates
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• Diet shakes
• Diet powders
• Protein bars
• Veggie burgers

2. Fructose
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• High fructose corn syrup
• Fruit
• Agave nectar
• Table sugar

3. Vegetable fats
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• Corn oil
• Soy oil
• Canola oil
• Cottonseed oil

4. Whey protein powder
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• Protein powders

5. Maltodextrin
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• Protein powders
• Certain vitamin supplements
• Certain “keto-friendly” foods
• Foods that contain fillers or drying agents
• Post-workout gels
• Splenda
• Puddings
• Protein bars

6. Aflatoxins
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• Peanuts
• Corn

7. MSG
Common foods that contain this ingredient:
• Pork rinds
• Fast-food
• Chinese food
• Cottage cheese
• Foods that contain flavor enhancers



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  1. Mary Smith on August 6, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    I just wanted to thank you Dr. Berg. My granddaughter was just diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes. She’s only sixteen. I am going to pass this onto my son so he can help her.

    • Blueberry Muff on August 16, 2022 at 10:35 am

      Dr Berg is a sham

    • Sobchak on August 27, 2022 at 5:55 am

      Make sure she repeats the tests after taking 5-7 days off from any physical activity – e.g. I tense exercise, sports etc
      Those can alter you liver function levels, e.g. ALT and GOT, assuming you are referring to those

    • X X on October 22, 2022 at 11:37 pm

      Avoid this chiroquackterwotg no background in nutrition.

    • Nuraini Abdullah on November 8, 2022 at 8:50 am

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    • Sloptart on December 4, 2022 at 1:54 am

      Liver enzymes can be elevated just from being hungry which many people are during blood tests because they fast before hand. Unless it’s 2 to 3 times over the normal range it’s really nothing to worry about as long as you keep track of it during routine blood tests.

  2. PVR on August 28, 2022 at 10:22 am

    What I have gathered as a common denominator from all these videos is as below:
    1. Avoid as much as possible white sugar
    2. Eat fresh fruit and vegetables – cooked or uncooked, whichever is possible for you.
    3. Use ghee, butter in moderation, butdo use them.
    4. Moderate amount of soaked nuts and seeds are good.
    5. Do not get into knowing chemical names like maltodextrin etc… Just avoid processed foods as much as possible including cookies, biscuits. Make them at home if you want it.
    6. Go to a doctor if any severe acute issue or you have tried some home remedies for at least a day or two.
    7. Hydrate youself with at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily

    • DesGibzNED on November 17, 2022 at 11:26 am

      @Sylk505 why?

    • Edith Dotson on November 27, 2022 at 8:56 pm

      @GMar Those who understand the importance of hydration in the proper functioning of the body do. Many drink up to 10-8oz cups of water per day depending on their weight and health condition. I am about 120 lbs and drink about 8-8oz. Cups a day. It’s doable. As a matter of fact, if so many people were not so dehydrated, we would not have half the health issues we have. Think of what happens when the car runs out of hydration. How many systems of the car is affected? Similarly for humans. The brain suffers and headaches, memory and other functions diminish. The colon suffers, and constipation which many scientists believe is the mother of all diseases occurs with its manifold symptoms in many parts of the body seemingly unconnected. And so on.

    • Hans Norman on November 28, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      Sounds better, thks.

    • L Smith on December 2, 2022 at 2:01 am

      Then you learn about oxalates and the damage they do.

    • Mariah’s Journey on December 2, 2022 at 6:52 am

      @GMar i know many ppl who do… ? Including my whole family

  3. Lama Mansour on September 5, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Dr Berg, thank you for this informative video. Is there any alternative for isolate protein and whey protein powder? Is vegan powder acceptable if they do not have the listed ingredients you have mentionned?

    • leo5 verling on October 20, 2022 at 5:28 am

      I would guess that any highly refined protein powder vegan or not is not going to be very healthy- I am not a doctor- but I am vegan – i don’t digest vegan protein bars/shakes any better than I processed non vegan ones- wholefoods are best and nobody needs excess protein. I gave up those things. My body tells me when I eat something bad- I ate a processed dried noodle product the other day- first one in years- I had such a hot flush for an hour or so- msg and salt amongst other things- probably maltodextrin too. I am not keto but I am interested what this guy has to say I have watched several of his video’s lately- it’s good to get a different viewpoint.

    • Kathy Jaguar on December 3, 2022 at 4:59 am

      Pea protein is an isolate also.

      If you want a protein powder, the best option is collagen from grass fed cows. Great Lakes is a good and reasonably priced option. If you’re at home, you can just throw some raw pastured eggs in a glass or smoothie.

  4. j Si on September 16, 2022 at 4:53 am

    My body started rejecting foods big time 10 years ago. The result was years of constant hospitalisation after consuming foods I had eaten all my life. Healthy ‘normal’ foods. There is a point to this story, which is:
    After years of sickness, I have narrowed down the foods my body can tolerate. Those foods turned out to be foods my ancestors ate. To my dismay my diet now consists mostly of root vegetables, seafood, chicken and very limited red meat and some leafy greens (no dairy,no soy, no wheat, no gluten, no corn, limited starches, no sodas or cordials, no alcohol, no coffee and no manufactured sugars no animal fats, no seeds, limited nuts only macadamia and peacan. The plethora of ‘healthy’ (and unhealthy) foods from across the globe available to me, ultimately made me sick.
    Upon reflection, it makes sense that like many things we inherit, our gut-health is one of them. We should take it seriously and not ignore children’s dislikes of foods. Had my parents been aware of intolerances not just allergies, I would have been able to feel this healthy all my life. These days everyone is aware of food intolerances, so if it feels bad don’t eat it again. A big one is alcohol. My body simply can’t tolerate it. So, I don’t care how socially unacceptable it is not to drink (and boy does the pressure get applied) if it gives you skin redness, or the sniffles, or red watering eyes, or makes your stomach ache, please give it away, your body is begging you quietly. If you ignore all the subtle signs the toxins will build up and you’ll find yourself in hospital, with a mild intolerance that has turned into a toxic overload on your liver, kidneys, pancreas, lymph system and brain. I wish someone had told me this years ago. I hope this helps someone out there. Or their kids or anyone. Listen to the subtle signs and avoid my mistakes.

    • j Si on December 8, 2022 at 9:33 pm

      @Hibiscus7 hey discolady, 👋 thanks. I just bought some too. Fingers crossed.

    • j Si on December 8, 2022 at 9:41 pm

      @Phala Bearden Hello phalabearden 👋 ☺️ I can’t express how much Dr Berg has helped me. When written above, it sounds like there’s not alot I can eat. The reality is, there is more than enough. When I actually stick to the foods my body doesn’t react to, I feel terrific. When I go rogue (which is pretty common as I’m still at the beginning of this journey plus, I’m terribly human) my body immediately reacts now. I have found that the cleaner I live (which means my liver is also cleaner) the faster I react. I think this is a good thing. It’s like your very own built in early warning ⚠️ system. I wish you and your loved ones luck on the food journey. It’s never too late to start feeling great. (Hey that rhymes 😏). Best wishes j Si ♥️

    • j Si on December 8, 2022 at 9:43 pm

      @EllesBells thanks ellsbells (love your name), I will look it up. Appreciate your tip. Wishing you happy holiday season 🌲🍁🍾☃️⛱️

    • j Si on December 8, 2022 at 9:45 pm

      @Stephen Graham lol indeed 😆

    • R on December 10, 2022 at 12:26 am


  5. 70’slady Always on November 22, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Thank you Dr. Berg! I followed your recommendations and I saw my liver vastly improve. My numbers are now in normal range. I am very grateful for your videos.

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on November 22, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Wonderful! You’re very welcome.

    • Queen Empress on November 23, 2022 at 5:16 am

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC how can I get rid of fatty liver?

    • Zacheous Jackson on December 9, 2022 at 3:18 am

      @Dr. Eric Berg DC what can be used as a replacement for argave nectar please? Many thanks

    • Zacheous Jackson on December 9, 2022 at 3:19 am

      @Queen Empress I was going to ask the same thing

  6. Nr4310 on December 3, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    “Feeding soy protein isolate (SPI) specifically targeted and halted the development of liver steatosis in obese Zucker rats (males and females) compared to ones fed a casein (CAS)-based diet (12). However, the precise mechanisms that lead to SPI-mediated attenuating liver steatosis is not completely understood. To better understand fundamental mechanisms by which SPI attenuated NAFLD, we conducted global transcriptomic (RNAseq) analysis on liver tissue obtained from obese rats fed the SPI- and CAS-based diets for 8 weeks (13). The results of this study indicated gene expression that would promote anti-inflammatory activities in SPI-fed rats and inflammatory activities in CAS-fed rats, which is consistent with the observation of reduced liver steatosis in SPI-fed rats”

    This means that SPI is better than Casein. The study is from 2020.

  7. Medical Panorama, Médico on December 6, 2022 at 7:27 am

    very valuable information ❤

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on December 6, 2022 at 8:46 am

      Thank you very much. Happy to know that you like the video.

    • Medical Panorama, Médico on December 6, 2022 at 9:30 am

      @Dr. Eric Berg DCI’m new to your program but realize that your nutritional talks are crucial to build a healthy body habitat. Unfortunately, our world population has done an incredible poor job to their environmental habitat as well as their body habitat… this is a great failure of our human civilization unfolding right in front of our own eyes…

  8. discoverWILD on December 7, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    watching this while consuming “unhealthy” foods, im educating myself but i love to eat, theres no one to blame but me if i die early 😵

  9. Maria Verstraete on December 8, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Is there any type of protein powder healthy to consume and add to smoothies?

    • Acidobay on December 12, 2022 at 6:35 am

      I would like to know if he only meant whey protein with maltodextrin was bad.
      I always use unsweetened and unflavored whey and add raw cacao powder.
      I have heard its much easier on the liver and less of an insulin spike if you take some fiber first (psyllium husk) and add some fat like coconut oil / olive oil to your smoothie. Because protein powder is so refined it metabolizes so fast and can stress the liver. Those techniques help to buffer this speedy response.

  10. Dorothy Lane on December 9, 2022 at 2:23 am

    My husband spikes very high on sugar alcohol, happened twice and only with the two items.

  11. Amin Lp on December 9, 2022 at 3:12 am

    God bless you dr i dont know how to thankyou🖤🖤🖤

  12. Zacheous Jackson on December 9, 2022 at 3:17 am

    @doctor berg hi what can be used as a replacement for argave nectar please?

  13. Ryan D on December 9, 2022 at 3:21 am

    LOL I was literally writing a comment about how peanuts shouldn’t be on the list. I was explaining how I would recommend organic Valencia peanuts, then he said his part on peanuts. Although, I do disagree with fruit being bad for the liver. I can understand in excess, but to say fruit in general is bad is a wild statement.

    • kimberlie hef on December 11, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      he didn’t say fruit was bad. fructose is.

  14. Integrated Boxing System on December 9, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Got to call fugaze on some of these. Grass fed whey by itself is excellent. I did Spirutien triple soy for a decade and still have a healthy liver. Love organic corn and peanut butter. Won’t stop eating these.

    • Spezia on December 12, 2022 at 6:27 pm

      How can I test my liver? Liver function test or something simpler?

  15. FAZAL AHMED on December 9, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Aflatoxin is said to be found in Coconut oil as well… Any observation on this would be much appreciated. Thanks Doc.

  16. kazewarrior 93 on December 9, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Dude all that stuff is fine 😂 if we listen all all this stuff we’d starve to death.

  17. Eva Mull on December 10, 2022 at 12:48 am

    What about organic soy bean milk?
    Please answer me.

  18. Lolita Guittap Belen on December 10, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Thank U very much Doc. For sharing this Information. “Foods that ruining my Liver”… God Bless Doc. Berg, T. U.

  19. kana bichoo on December 11, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Hello Mr Berg could you please do a video on mustered oil used for cooking?
    You are doing great 👍
    Thank you

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on December 11, 2022 at 8:36 am

      We’ll add that to our video suggestion list.
      Dr. Berg’s Support Team.

  20. Aurenita Pedrazzi on December 12, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Eat real food! No sugar, no processed food! No juices and sodas, no processed meat. You will be fine

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