Diet for Gallbladder
Healthy Foods for the Gallbladder
Whether or not at the risk for gallstones, it’s always a good idea keeping our body at a healthy weight and eat a diet, low in fat and cholesterol, moderate in calories, and high in fiber.
Following are healthy foods for gallbladder, as well as the whole body:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Lean meat, fish and poultry
- Low-fat dairy products
- Whole grains (bran cereal, brown rice, oats and whole-wheat bread)
Diet and Gallstone Risk
A number of risk factors add the formation of gallstones, including family history of gallstones and gender. Women are twice as likely as men in developing gallstones.
Body weight is another factor; people with overweight and obese having higher risk of gallstones
Diets, high in fat and cholesterol and low in fiber, appear to play a role.
Change of diet to help with symptoms of gallstones
There is no specific diet for treating gallstones symptoms. However, eating a healthy balanced diet, naturally low in fat, may help reducing symptoms. If overweight, losing weight will be beneficial. However, it is important to do this gradually, as rapid weight loss has been associated with the development of gallstones. A safe weight loss of 1-2 lbs (0.5 to 1 kg) per week is recommended.
A healthy balanced diet consists of:
- Plenty of fruit and vegetables
- Plenty of starchy carbohydrates, including bread, rice, cereals, pasta, potatoes, chapattis and plantain. Select wholegrain varieties when possible
- Some milk and dairy products (2-3 portions per day). Choose low-fat dairy products
- Some meat, fish, eggs and alternatives such as beans and pulses
- Limited amounts of foods high in fats and sugars. Limit saturated fat found in animal products, such as butter, ghee, cheese, meat, cakes, biscuits and pastries. Replace these with unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds.
- Ensure the diet is high in fibre, such as beans, pulses, fruit and vegetables, oats, & wholewheat products, e.g. bread, pasta and rice
- Drink plenty of fluid – at least two litres daily, such as water herbal teas.
Try not eating too much fat at one mealtime, having smaller and frequent meals.
Cutting down on fat
A high-fat diet and fatty foods can occasionally cause discomfort and painful symptoms. Equally they may cause steatorrhoea (fatty stools), oily, pale and smelly, which is a sign that fat is not being digested properly.
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