Can the Ketogenic Diet Cause a Fatty Liver Without Enough Vegetables?

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In this video, Dr. Berg answers the question if the ketogenic diet can cause fatty liver if you are not consuming enough vegetables.
Guyton’s Medical Physiology, “Effect of Insulin Lack on Causing a Fatty Liver. Strange as it may seem, though insulin lack causes dissolution of the fat stores in adipose tissue, it causes a great increase in the number of stored triglycerides in the liver, leading to a very fatty liver. The reason is the following: The excess of free fatty acids in the blood causes rapid diffusion of fatty acids into the liver cells. Also, the glycerol released from the adipose cells is transported at the same time into the liver.”

Soy oil and corn oil can induce a fatty liver even more than fructose. If you allow certain things (low-quality foods) slip into your diet like these GMO, dextrose or maltodextrin, that could potentially be the reason why the Guyton’s Medical Physiology talks about it creating a fatty liver.

Why You Should Increase Vegetable in a Ketogenic Diet?
• It enhances the nutrient profile.
• Veggies have the highest concentration of nitrates (the natural form of nitrates that are beneficial to the heart and has the potential to protect against fatty liver).
• The fiber in the vegetables can provide the microbes the food it needs to produce butyric acid which can lower insulin.
• Phytonutrients – it helps protect the tissues from damage, helps detoxify chemicals, helps reduce inflammatory conditions in the liver

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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