Gallbladder Diet

November 12, 2012

Gallbladder Diet

Gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ under the liver that helps collect and store bile essential for the digestion of fats in the body. About one to three percent of patients with gallstones complain of abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and vomiting.


Your gallbladder does not play a major role in your body’s health and functioning. In fact, most gallbladder diseases do not lead to any symptoms in your body. However, frequent and recurrent symptoms may occur in some patients. Your doctor may recommend surgical removal of the gallbladder to manage the symptoms.


Although your diet does not play any role in the occurrence of gallbladder symptoms, certain foods may help prevent the formation of gallstones. A gallbladder diet will not cure the gallstones but may help relieve the discomfort associated with the stone formation. Apart from family history and gender, excessive body weight may also increase the risk of gall stone formation. A gallbladder diet rich in fiber and low in cholesterol and other fats may reduce your chances of gallbladder symptoms. However, it is important to lose the weight gradually as quick weight loss and crash dieting can cause the liver to release more cholesterol. This excess cholesterol can run into the bile and crystalize to form gallstones.

Healthy Foods

Fresh fruits and vegetables; whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oats and barn cereal; lean meat, poultry and fish; and low-fat dairy products are important components of gallbladder diet. Recent research has also indicated that drinking caffeinated drinks such as coffee may lower the risk of gallstone formation in both men and women. Moderate amounts of alcohol may also reduce the incidence of gallstones. Some preliminary studies also recommend adding peanuts to your gallbladder diet. Women eating one serving of peanuts per day have a 20 percent lower chance of getting gallbladder disease.

Unhealthy Foods

A diet rich in refined sugars and saturated fats can cause gallstones and other gallbladder diseases. While shifting to a gallbladder diet will not remove the gallstones that are already there, eating healthy and balanced foods can help ease your symptoms. Try to avoid fried foods, highly processed foods such as doughnuts, pie, cookies as well as fatty red meat as part of your gallbladder diet. Avoid low-calorie diets and aim for gradual weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week with healthy diet and exercise. You should talk to a doctor before going on a diet to improve gallbladder symptoms.


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