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Foods That Affect Gallbladder Disease Symptoms

author image Jill Andrews
Jill Andrews began writing professionally for various online publications since 2009. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/nutrition from Memorial University in St.John's, Newfoundland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Foods That Affect Gallbladder Disease Symptoms
High-fat and refined foods, such as donuts, can aggravate symptoms of gallbladder disease. Photo Credit donuts with spinkles image by James Insogna from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Consuming a nutrient-rich, healthy diet is important when you have gallbladder disease. Your gallbladder is an important organ that stores bile, a digestive fluid, formed in your liver. Bile helps your body break down and absorb fat; the bile travels from your gallbladder to your small intestine when you consume food. Types of gallbladder disease are inflamed gallbladder and gallstones. Symptoms include pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen, pain after you eat, nausea, vomiting and appetite loss. You should be aware of specific foods that can trigger or worsen symptoms, and limit or avoid these foods.

Refined Foods

Refined foods are those that have been stripped of their bran component. The result is a white grain that has lost many of its vitamins, minerals and fiber. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends that you restrict or avoid eating refined foods when you have gallbladder disease. These foods include white pasta, white bread, white rice, cakes, donuts and pastries. Since these foods contain less fiber, they lead to less satiety when you eat them. If you do not feel satiated upon eating, you may overeat and be at risk for weight gain. Gaining unhealthy weight can contribute to gallstone formation and aggravate your condition.

Common Food Allergens

Gallbladder problems may be triggered or aggravated by food allergens. You should avoid them since they have the potential to irritate your body and worsen the symptoms you already experience. Foods to be cautious of include dairy products, soy, corn, wheat and products with added preservatives. You may need to monitor your intake and reaction to these foods to see how they affect you.

Fatty Foods

A diet low in fat may help relieve gallbladder disease symptoms. If you have gallbladder disease, the organ cannot function properly in fat digestion, so the consumption of fatty foods may contribute to and worsen your symptoms. Foods high in fat include commercial baked goods, fatty cuts of meat and poultry, french fries and margarine.

Alcohol And Caffeine

The University of Maryland Medical Center advises not drinking alcohol if you have gallbladder disease. Alcohol can have a dehydrating effect on the body and contribute to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and bowel disruption. As for caffeine, some evidence indicates that consuming caffeinated coffee may lower the risk of gallstone formation. Studies are not conclusive, however. Consult your doctor about appropriate caffeine intake.

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