Is Basmati Rice Good for Fatty Liver? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Basmati rice is good for fatty liver. Because it has complex carbohydrates, protein, and selenium and they can positively affect fatty 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 liver damage.

This can lead to various health problems, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

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 oats, fruits, and vegetables and avoid saturated fat-rich foods like butter, cheese, and red meat.

Now, basmati rice is a type of long-grain rice that originates from India and Pakistan.

People usually cook and eat it as a staple food or a side dish.

Basmati rice is good for fatty liver because it contains complex carbohydrates, protein, and selenium.

Complex carbohydrates can provide energy and prevent blood sugar spikes.

Protein can help repair liver cells and prevent muscle loss.

Selenium can help protect the liver from oxidative stress and inflammation.

One cup of cooked basmati rice can give you 45.6 grams of carbohydrates (15% of your daily needs), 4.4 grams of protein (9% of your daily needs), and 12.6 micrograms of selenium (23% of your daily needs).

Complex carbohydrates can positively affect fatty liver by reducing insulin resistance and improving glucose metabolism.

Protein can positively affect fatty liver by stimulating liver regeneration and preventing muscle wasting.

Selenium can positively affect fatty liver by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the liver.

Furthermore, basmati rice is a low glycemic index food and low glycemic index foods are good for fatty liver.

Because, they can help control blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes, which is a risk factor for fatty liver.

You can eat up to one cup of cooked basmati rice per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain and increase your calorie intake, which can worsen fatty liver.

Also, you shouldn’t eat basmati rice if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance to prevent digestive problems.

Because, basmati rice contains gluten, which is a protein that can trigger an immune reaction in some people.

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

Always choose organic and whole-grain basmati rice.

Because, they are free of pesticides and chemicals and have more fiber and nutrients than refined basmati rice.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to six months.

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.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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