Is Palm Oil Good for Fatty Liver? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Palm oil is bad for fatty liver. Because it has saturated fat and palmitic acid and they can increase your cholesterol, blood sugar, oxidative stress, 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 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 foods rich in fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and fish.

And avoid foods rich in saturated fat, sugar, and cholesterol, like red meat, fried foods, and sweets.

Now, palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees.

People usually use it for cooking, baking, and making processed foods.

Palm oil is bad for fatty liver because it contains high amounts of saturated fat and palmitic acid.

These can increase your blood cholesterol levels, which can worsen your fatty liver.

Palm oil may also cause oxidative stress and inflammation in your liver, which can lead to more damage and scarring.

One tablespoon of palm oil can give you 7 grams of saturated fat (35% of your daily needs) and 6.7 grams of palmitic acid (67% of your daily needs).

Saturated fat can raise your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which can clog your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Palmitic acid can impair your insulin sensitivity, which can cause high blood sugar and diabetes.

Both of these can aggravate your fatty liver.

Furthermore, palm oil is a refined oil and refined oils are bad for fatty liver.

Because, they are stripped of their natural nutrients and antioxidants, which can protect your liver from oxidative stress and inflammation.

That’s why I suggest you limit your palm oil intake to prevent further complications.

Stick to no more than 10% of your total calories from saturated fat and no more than 20 grams of palmitic acid per day to minimize the negative effects.

Also, you shouldn’t use palm oil if you have or are suffering from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a severe form of fatty liver, to prevent liver failure.

Because, palm oil can worsen your liver inflammation and fibrosis.

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

Always choose organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed palm oil.

Because, these are less processed and may retain some of their beneficial nutrients and antioxidants.

You can store them in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to one year.

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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