6 Foods to Avoid if You Have Gallbladder Issues

For the many Americans who suffer from gallbladder issues, like gallstones, on a daily basis, it’s important to learn more about nutrition with a special focus on foods that won’t intensify the condition. After all, the side effects of gallbladder problems can range from serious discomfort (like loss of appetite) to intense pain (nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps).

For these reasons, it’s just important that people with gallbladder problems learn about the foods that could cause their condition to flare up and become a bigger problem. Unfortunately, these foods include some of the most popular menu items out there, from dairy to fried chicken. The problem, in most cases, is fat — put simply, many gallbladder issues can be tied to difficulty properly processing the fat in many Americans’ favorite foods. So, which foods should people with gallbladder issues consider avoiding in the future?

1. High-fat dairy products

The gallbladder is responsible for storing and excreting bile that assists in the digestive process. When someone experiences problems with their gallbladder, it usually involves difficulty breaking down foods, especially those high in fat. The result can be anything from painful abdominal cramps to upset stomach and vomiting.

If you’re having problems with your gallbladder, you should specifically avoid high-fat dairy products, like ice cream, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and homogenized milk. Avoiding these foods can help your gallbladder effectively manage its role in the digestive process and prevent painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Of course, if you can find the low-fat equivalents of these foods, you may be okay — to be sure, speak with your physician.

2. High-fat meat products

If you’re dealing with the painful and uncomfortable side effects of a gallbladder condition, such as gallstones, it’s wise to stay away from any foods that are high in fat. That means keeping your distance from meat products that are naturally high in fat, such as certain cuts of beef, pork, and chicken. You should also avoid processed meat products that are high in fat, such as sausage, hot dogs, and burgers. Canned meats, like canned ham and spam, should also be left off your grocery list.

Instead, look for lean meat products, like fish and turkey. Skinless chicken breast is also a viable option. Tofu is an excellent alternative to meat that can help you meet your protein requirements.

3. Eggs

When you think of popular breakfast foods, it’s hard to look past eggs. They’re a versatile and, according to most people, delicious breakfast option, whether you like them scrambled, fried, or poached. Eggs are also rather nutritious, packing lots of protein and choline, which can help in brain functionality. Unfortunately, they’re also rather high in fat, which can present serious problems to people dealing with gallbladder issues, like gallstones.

The good news is that there are options for people dealing with gallbladder conditions. If your problem is mild or moderate, you may be able to consume eggs that are poached because this cooking process is typically lower in fat. Even if your condition is more serious, you should be able to eat egg whites, which contain much of the protein of regular eggs.

4. Baked goods

There’s no denying that Americans loved their baked goods. Cookies, muffins, cupcakes, pie, cake — they’re all major parts of the American dining experience, now and in the past. Hardly any American enjoys a birthday without cake, a July the Fourth without pie, or a holiday season without shortbread cookies.

Unfortunately, baked goods — whether made at home, at the local bakery, or in a factory somewhere — are almost always high in saturated and trans fats. This makes them a major no-no for people suffering from gallbladder conditions, as the inability of the gallbladder to properly process fat can lead to discomfort and pain. If you’re dealing with a significant gallbladder condition, such as gallstones, opt for low-fat baked good options or keep your distance from baked goods altogether.

5. Fried foods

Upon receiving a diagnosis involving a gallbladder problem, one of the first things you should learn is that you need to avoid high-fat foods. This is because most gallbladder problems involve issues related to the organ’s ability to properly process fat.

If you want to avoid painful symptoms like upset stomach and abdominal cramps, it’s best to avoid fried foods, especially deep-fried favorites like donuts, french fries, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, onion rings, pastries, etc. It may also be advisable to keep your distance from foods that are sauteed, or fried in butter.

6. Restaurant foods

Generally speaking, restaurants intend to make food that tastes good and is fun to eat. Rarely do restaurants make an effort to produce healthy foods, unless this is a key part of their brand identity. Instead, most will use unhealthy ingredients, like butter, lard, and sugar, to create a unique flavor experience for their customers.

Unfortunately, this can present people with gallbladder issues with a serious problem. The best approach is to avoid eating at restaurants unless you know they’re capable of preparing foods that you like without using high-fat ingredients. In any case, don’t hesitate to ask your server for information about the food you’re thinking about ordering — be sure to inquire about the way it’s prepared and the major ingredients.

Source: Active Beat

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