Is Cheese Bad for Fatty Liver? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cheese is bad for fatty liver. Because it has saturated fat and cholesterol, and they can worsen the fat accumulation and inflammation in your liver.

Fatty liver is a condition that affects your liver.

In fatty liver, your body stores too much fat in your liver cells.

This can lead to inflammation, scarring, and damage to your liver.

This can cause various health problems, such as liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

One of the key factors in managing fatty liver is diet.

What you consume can affect your liver function, which can impact your fatty liver symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage fatty liver, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and avoid saturated fat-rich foods like red meat, butter, and cheese.

Now, cheese is a dairy product made from milk.

People usually eat cheese as a snack, a topping, or an ingredient in various dishes.

Cheese is bad for fatty liver because it contains high amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol.

These can worsen the fat accumulation and inflammation in your liver.

Cheese is also bad for both types of fatty liver: alcoholic and nonalcoholic.

100 grams of cheese can give you about 30 grams of fat (46% of your daily needs), 18 grams of saturated fat (90% of your daily needs), and 105 milligrams of cholesterol (35% of your daily needs).

Saturated fat can increase the production of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in your body.

These can contribute to fatty liver and increase the risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol can also increase the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood.

LDL cholesterol can deposit in your liver and cause inflammation and scarring.

Furthermore, cheese is a dairy product and dairy products are bad for fatty liver.

Because, they can increase the level of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in your body.

IGF-1 can stimulate the growth of liver cells and increase the risk of liver cancer.

That’s why I suggest you limit your cheese intake to prevent or reduce the complications of fatty liver.

Stick to no more than one ounce (28 grams) of cheese per day to minimize the intake of saturated fat and cholesterol.

Also, you shouldn’t eat cheese if you have or suffer from lactose intolerance to prevent digestive problems.

Because, cheese contains lactose, a type of sugar that some people cannot digest properly.

You can buy fresh cheese in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose low-fat or fat-free cheese to reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol.

Because, these can worsen your fatty liver condition.

You can store cheese in the refrigerator for up to a month, depending on the type and packaging.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing fatty liver effectively.

I always recommend my fatty liver patients to follow a fatty liver-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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