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Allowed diet for gallstone

Food allowed for patient with gallstone
(August 8, 2011)

The gallbladder is a storage area for bile fluid which is produced in the liver. Bile is needed for the breakdown of fatty foods in the digestive system. The production of bile takes place throughout the day and the product is stored in the gallbladder. After food has passed into the intestinal system, it is treated with bile which is released both by the gall bladder as well as the liver itself. Gallstones are solid structures that are mostly made of cholesterol.

These sometimes form in the gallbladder and restrict the flow of bile. When this is the case, the individual suffers from mild pain in the abdomen and an inability to fully process fatty foods.

The foods for gallstones are those that are generally considered to be healthy. Some of the foods to eat for gallstones include low fat alternatives and even foods that are prepared in low fat methods such as grilling or boiling. Foods such as fish, cucumbers, avocados, tomatoes, grapes, apples, papaya, pears and lemons are considered to be safe foods for gallstones. There are also some bad foods for gallstones which can be avoided or minimized. Carbonated beverages, fruit juices, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, oats, barley and wheat are all considered as foods to avoid for gallstones. While some of these can be eliminated completely, one can reduce the quantity of other foods such as oats and barley which are otherwise healthy and essential for the body. The important thing here is to avoid overeating and to avoid excessively fatty foods and junk foods. A reduction in cholesterol levels will help with a reduction in gallstone issues.

Most cases of gallstones go undetected for long periods of time until the blockage becomes severe and the flow of bile is restricted to a bare minimum. In such a situation, one may even need to have the gallbladder removed through surgery. It is therefore best to ensure that there is no need for this to happen. A healthy diet should be supplemented by good hydration levels and a healthy lifestyle as well. Studies have found that most people who exercise regularly tend to be less likely to develop gallbladder related issues.

It is important to have a proper diagnosis of gallstone issues so that one can take preventive measures to ensure that there is nothing wrong. The doctor will also be able to recommend a diet that is specific to the individual based on his or her cholesterol levels and other health indicators.

Submitted by N on August 8, 2011 at 01:50


Allowed diet for gallstone

Gallstones is a rather common condition that is characterized by intense pain around the abdominal region. The condition develops as a result of the hardening of the liquid stored in the gallbladder and forming stone like particles in the organ. The main function of the gallbladder is to store the bile created in the liver and to release it as and when the body requires it. Gallstones can be segregated into two main types – pigment stones and cholesterol stones. The cholesterol stones are usually yellowish green in color and are the product of hardened cholesterol.

These are the more common variety of gallstones and account for as much as about 80% of all cases. The pigment stones, on the other hand, are small and dark which are primarily made of a substance called bilirubin. The main cause of gallstones is attributed to the bile in the body containing either too much cholesterol or bilirubin. There are a number of factors that can influence the development of gallstones including hereditary, weight, age and ethnicity amongst many others. Studies have shown that some individuals are at a greater risk of developing gallstones than others. One of the main factors that influence the risk of gallstones is age as individuals over the age of 60 have a much higher risk of suffering from gallstones. Some of the other factors that increase an individual’s risk include rapid weight gain and loss and diabetes.  Given the fact that the condition is very common, it is easy to understand why there are so many home remedies for gallstones as well as several plans for a diet for gallstones that have positive results on this condition. A gallstone diet plan must be discussed with a doctor before it is implemented.

The best diet for gallstones will actually highlight the kinds of foods that should be avoided. Some of these foods and beverages include coffee, tea and carbonated beverages – with any kind of alcohol drink being something that should be completely avoided. Many fruits are acidic in nature and may aggravate the condition and so a diet for gallstones will generally include only small servings of fruits. Fresh apple juice and grape juice, however, can be consumed on a regular basis as they have a healing effect on the condition. Some other foods that are known to be very beneficial in the treatment of the condition include tomatoes and lemon while the inclusion of onions and shallots are known to cause complications in some individuals. It is vital to make sure that a diet for gallstone sufferers also encompasses a lot of nutrients, vitamins and carbohydrates to make sure they remain healthy and strong. It is essential that you discuss your diet for gallstones with your doctor as he/she may have certain dietary recommendations and suggestions. 

Submitted by A V on November 10, 2010 at 05:30


A strict low-fat diet should be followed in case of gall stone problem, this is because the ability of gall bladder to produce bile (bile is required for fat metabolism) is compromised.

  • Firstly lose weight if you are above your ideal body weight.
  • Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet. And avoid carbonated beverages.
  • You can include your normal cereals, pulses, sprouts, pasta, rice and potatoes.
  • Opt for low fat options; change the cooking method from shallow frying or deep frying to grilling, steaming, boiling or baking.
  • Avoid red meat, organ meats, egg yolk, animal fat, avocado, processed and denatured food, pickles, oily, fried or greasy food, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, coffee and sugar.

Submitted by S M on October 26, 2007 at 06:33


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