Is Shrimp Bad for Fatty Liver? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Shrimp is good for fatty liver. Because it has protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium, and they can support liver function, reduce inflammation, and protect the liver from oxidative stress.

Fatty liver is a condition that affects your liver.

In fatty liver, your body stores excess fat in your liver cells.

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

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

What you consume can affect your cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and 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, beans, and fruits, omega-3 fatty acids-rich foods like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds, and antioxidant-rich foods like berries, green tea, and dark chocolate.

You should avoid saturated fat-rich foods like butter, cheese, and red meat, sugar-rich foods like cakes, candies, and sodas, and alcohol-rich drinks like beer, wine, and liquor.

Now, shrimp is a type of seafood that comes from the ocean or freshwater.

People usually eat shrimp boiled, grilled, fried, or in dishes like salads, soups, and pasta.

Shrimp is good for fatty liver because it contains protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium.

These nutrients can support liver function, reduce inflammation, and protect the liver from oxidative stress.

100 grams of shrimp can give you 24 grams of protein (48% of your daily needs), 0.3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (15% of your daily needs), and 64.4 micrograms of selenium (117% of your daily needs).

Protein can help repair and regenerate liver cells, as well as prevent muscle loss and malnutrition in people with liver disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels, which can reduce fat accumulation and inflammation in the liver.

Selenium can act as an antioxidant and detoxifier, which can prevent liver damage and enhance liver function.

Furthermore, shrimp is a low-carbohydrate food and carbohydrates are bad for fatty liver.

Because, excess carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, which can worsen fatty liver and increase the risk of diabetes.

You can eat 85 to 170 grams of shrimp per day safely.

More than that can cause allergic reactions, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels.

Also, you shouldn’t eat shrimp if you have shellfish allergy, gout, or kidney disease to prevent anaphylaxis, joint pain, and uric acid buildup.

Because shrimp contains iodine, purines, and uric acid, which can trigger these conditions.

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

Always choose shrimp that are firm, translucent, and odorless.

Because these indicate freshness and quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to three 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.

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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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