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Gallbladder Diet

This is the second part of a three-part series on gallbladder problems.

When trying to help Rock decide what to do about his gallbladder problems, we found a list of foods that helped or hindered gallbladder health. Of course his favorite foods were on the "Avoid" list (isn't life just like that!).

Here is my condensed list of foods to eat to support healthy gallbladder function or avoid to stop aggravating gallbladder problems. The summary is to eat foods high in fiber, nuts, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, and fresh, organic whole fruits and vegetables. Then avoid refined carbohydrates (like sugar, pasta, and bread), saturated fats (meats, butter, and animal products), and alcohol. Of course I've seen contradictory information about coffee, onions, and whole grains. Use your experience to help guide you all along the way.

Here are specific items for you.

Helpful/Healthy Foods

Foods to Avoid/Reduce

Apples and ApricotsAlcohol (beer, wine, liqueurs too)
AvocadoBlack tea and Coffee
Beets and CarrotsCabbage and Cauliflower
Berries and CurrantsCarbonated water or Soft drinks
Botanical Omega 3 oils: flax, lingonberry, black raspberry, hemp (don't cook flax oil)Chocolate
Cold water fish: anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardinesDairy products (milk, ice cream, butter), or even Margarine
Celery and CucumbersEggs
Grapes and FigsFats: hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, saturated, or transfats
Green beans and GarlicFowl and Pork
Greens (collard, kale, mustard)Fruit juices
LemonGrains (barley, kamut, oats, rye, spelt, wheat)
Okra and Swiss chardGrapefruit and Orange
Papaya, Guavas, CoconutLegumes and Corn
Pears and PrunesOnions and Spicy foods
ShallotsRed meats
Sweet potatoesSweeteners (sugar and artificial sweeteners alike)
Vinegar and Olive oilWhite flour
Fresh foodsProcessed/Packaged foods

After this had been published awhile, a reader pointed out I had nuts on both the "healthy foods" and "avoid" lists. I did more research and interestingly, they were on both the "eat" and "avoid" lists, depending on the source. My conclusion is to let your body guide you on this one. Go slowly on re-introducing fiber back into your diet, and then see how your body responds to the addition of nuts. If you are uncomfortable after eating nuts, then stop it. If you don't have a problem with them, enjoy them.

Other pointers include using digestion aids like ginger and turmeric to cook your vegetables and meat; eat meals in general, and meat in specific, in moderation, and have your last meal several hours before bedtime; and drink plenty of water. If you are overweight and wanting to lose lots of weight, forgo drastic diets, planning to have a gradual weight reduction.

Looking at the basics of dietary recommendations, I repeatedly found in my research I indeed am seeing that by eating organic, unprocessed foods you will be healthier. This goes back to the points I made in the HFCS and Sugar articles (links are below). When you grocery shop stay on the outside walls and you'll find the foods best for your good health.

Ok, so now what? What are your options when you get to the point you have gallbladder problems. I tend to prefer more natural approaches to my health issues so I avoid drugs and surgery as much as possible. I'm going the diet management approach to take care of my gallbladder. But that's just me. What about you?

The Gallbladder Tests and Treatment article is your next step. There are numerous tests available to you so you can hone in on the source of your problem. And there is an array of options of what to do about the problem you find you have.

This is Part 2 of the series.

Start at the beginning with: Part 1 of the series: Gallbladder Problems?
Or continue with: Part 3 of the series: Gallbladder Testing and Treatment

Articles for further reading on other diet issues:
- Why Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Evil?
- More on the Evils of HFCS
- What is Refined Sugar?


I'm confused. In paragraph 3 of page 2, it states: "The summary is to eat foods high in fiber, nuts......." yet, nuts are listed in the column of foods to avoid. Can you clarify this for me? Thank you.

L Merrill at June 2, 2016 8:33 PM

Your confusion was well-founded. Doing research to figure out where I went wrong helped me understand why I confused you. The resources available have conflicting information about the issue of nuts/no nuts.

Thanks for asking the question. I added a paragraph sharing the issue. My feeling is that letting your body guide your decision to be nutty or not is the best way to go. Of course, checking with your doctor and nutritionist is a good idea too.

Kit Cassingham at June 3, 2016 10:04 PM
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