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Saturated fat has gotten a bad rap over the past few decades.
But can saturated fat protect your liver?
Recent studies show that it may improve liver function, and help in other ways.
Saturated fat also reverses inflammation, fibrosis, and other health issues.
Scientists and the Medical Industry claimed that it causes heart disease.
They warned people about eating animal fat and tropical oils.
Instead, they recommended polyunsaturated oils, like corn, soy, and canola.
And they encouraged people to supplement with fish oil.
However, the evidence has always been inconclusive, so they couldn’t know if they were right.
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And over the past few years, they’ve quietly started reversing their position.
Increasing mountains of evidence started to show that saturated fat may actually be beneficial.
And those polyunsaturated fats that doctors recommended may instead by harmful.
Studies like this one show just that.
In this study, researchers fed rats ethanol and dextrose, and either fish, corn, palm or MCT oil.
MCT oil is a pure form of the fats in coconut and palm oil.
It turned out, the more unsaturated the oil, the more problems the rats developed.
Rats fed Fish Oil showed the most severe pathology (fatty liver, necrosis, and inflammation), those fed Corn Oil showed moderate changes, those fed Palm Oil showed fatty liver only, and those fed MCT Oil were normal.
This study raises questions about taking fish oil supplements.
The rats who ate fish oil fared the worst.
And other studies confirm that fish oil is particularly bad.
In this study, researchers used a diet of fish oil and alcohol to damage the livers of rats.
Then, after six weeks, they switched some experimental groups to a higher saturated fat diet.
They quit the fish oil in these groups started them on either palm or MCT Oil.
The rats that continued to eat fish oil and alcohol continued to damage their livers.
However, the rats eating saturated fat started to show improvements in liver function.
These improvements occurred even though the rats were still consuming alcohol.
For the rats that moved to palm or MCT oil, there were huge improvements.
They had lower levels of endotoxins and lipid peroxidation — that’s when fats become rancid in the body.
Immune function improved, and cell death slowed down.
What that means is that a diet high in saturated fatty acids effectively REVERSES alcohol-induced damage.
It reverses inflammation and fibrosis, too — despite continued alcohol consumption!
This is quite an impressive result!
The results suggest that polyunsaturated fats are more damaging to the liver than alcohol.
Or, it may imply that both are necessary to cause liver damage.
But clearly, polyunsaturated fatty acids (the dreaded PUFA) are hazardous to your liver and so much more.
So, now how do you apply these results to your life?
First, you should cut back or eliminate the polyunsaturated oils from your diet.
You want to stop all corn, soy, and canola oils.
Also, quit all fish oil supplementation.
If you drink, it may be helpful to have some food with butter or coconut oil around the same time.
And if you enjoy fish, choose a lower-fat fish — and don’t drink alcohol with that meal.
Of course, if you have a serious liver issue, always consult with your doctor.
Dietary saturated fatty acids reverse inflammatory and fibrotic changes in rat liver despite continued ethanol administration.
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