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Gallbladder Disease Diet

Gallbladder is a storehouse of bile, which is produced by liver for digestion of dietary fats. It plays an important role in our digestive system. This article will recommend foods that can be consumed by a gallbladder disease patient.
Gallbladder is a pear-shaped organ beneath the liver that stores the bile which is generated by the liver. Bile is a highly essential gastric juice which helps to digest the fats that we consume. The gallbladder secretes bile through a common bile duct, which connects the bladder and liver to the small intestine. Sometimes, a malfunctioning of this organ can lead to gallbladder disease. Here are a few facts about the disease and a recommended food intake to quickly cure the ailment.

Facts About Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder disease is commonly known as gallstones. A person's liver and gallbladder can get overworked, if he regularly consume a lot of fatty foods. When a gallbladder gets affected, gallstones start developing through crystallization of cholesterol and bile salts. As the bile duct gets blocked with gallstones, the amount of bile secreted significantly drops. As a result, digestion of fats gets directly affected. People severely affected with this problem, experience chronic abdominal pain. Severe cases need surgical remedies. For milder problems, doctors recommend a change in one's diet.

Diet For a Faster Recovery

Basically, a gallstone patient needs to follow a low-fat diet. Avoiding meat, especially red meat is extremely crucial. Another important thing to remember is to eat small amounts of food throughout the day, instead of stuffing yourself with large meals at one time.

Breakfast
  • Apple, 1
  • Banana, 1
  • Whole wheat toast, 2 slices
  • Jelly/jam, 1 tbsp.
  • Margarine, 2 tsp.
  • Black coffee, 1 cup (optional)
Lunch
  • Vegetable soup, 1 bowl
  • Lean hamburger, 1
  • Lettuce, ½ bowl
  • Sliced tomato, 1
  • Fresh fruit salad, 1 small bowl
  • Hamburger bun, 1
  • Skimmed milk, 1 cup
Dinner
  • Herbed rice, 1 cup
  • Broccoli with low-fat cheese sauce, 1 small bowl
  • Hard dinner roll, 1
  • Carrot salad, 1 cup
  • Strawberry yogurt, 1 cup

Foods Allowed and Prohibited

Vegetables and Fruits
Fresh green vegetables
Fresh fruits and juices

Bakery Products
Whole grain breads
Fat-free cakes and cookies
Bread with cheese
Biscuits
Waffles
Muffins
Sweet rolls
Donuts
Cream puffs

Dairy Products
Skimmed milk
Cream cheese
Non fat frozen yogurt
Whole milk
Dairy products made from whole milk
Butter
Cheese
Ice creams

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Foods
Oatmeal
Fat-free pancakes
Low-fat snack crackers
Popcorn sans butter
Almonds
Peanuts
Jams/marmalade
Maple syrup
Plain pasta
Fish
Skinless poultry products
Lean cuts of beef (max. 2 oz.)
Eggs
Pancakes
Potato chips
Creamy soups
Fried rice
Stir fried noodles
Fried vegetables with cream and cheese
Red meat products

Desserts and Confectioneries
Hard candy
Jelly beans
Chocolates and pastries
Puddings made from whole milk

The key to cure a gallbladder disease is consuming a low-fat, and fiber-rich diet. You can create your very own diet plan by browsing through the above mentioned permissible foods. You may find it difficult to give up your favorite foods. But on a brighter side, a low-fat diet will help you in losing weight and maintaining physical fitness! Need I say more?
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