What Not To Eat If You Have Experienced A Gallbladder Attack
More people suffer from gallbladder attacks than many of us probably think. Many patients see no symptoms while some experience large amounts of pain, inflammation, and potentially very serious consequences. If you have had a gallbladder attack, a large part of why people experience these types of attacks of pain is due to their diet. Treating gallbladder pain and gallstones begins with addressing what not to eat.
Foods To Avoid
Designing a diet that is appropriate for a person suffering from gallbladder attacks involves limiting the amount of foods consumed that are high in fats or high in sugars. Note that this is not to ‘eliminate entirely’ but to ‘limit the amount’.
Fatty Foods – Fried Foods
Avoid fried foods. If your body is having trouble breaking down cholesterol resulting in gallstones, this is a must. Therefore avoid foods such as French fries, onion rings, doughnuts, fritters, pastries and even vegetables that are fried.
Milk Products And Saturated Fats
Avoid Saturated fats. So when we talk saturated fats, this means the fats that are in animal products such as butter, cheese, meat, cakes, biscuits, and pastries. Now some of these foods, particularly meat, are likely to find their way into your diet no matter what. The key is to be aware of the amount of food being consumed and not to add to that amount with additional saturated fats. For example, using alternatives such as sunflower oil or olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds all can have a positive impact.
Also in the saturated fat category of foods you want to avoid is whole milk, buttermilk, cream, butter, sour cream, non-dairy creamer, whole-milk cheese, cheese spreads, chocolate milk and ice cream. Instead, you want to use alternatives and choose skim or 1 percent milk, yogurt made from skim milk, fat-free cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, skim buttermilk and non-fat sour cream.
The next step to being aware of low fats and low sugar is to cut out and avoid processed foods. Cook from scratch whenever possible and gain better control of the fat that is entering your body.
Reducing meat is also a recommended strategy that not so many patients like to hear but it is key in giving the body a chance to rehabilitate. Many patients find that replacing part of their meat portion with something like kidney beans and/or mushrooms can help to diversify a meal and make this more achievable without completing removing meat from your plate.
Eggs should be limited to no more than three eggs per week. They are rich in calories, fat and cholesterol despite being a good source of protein and choline. When you do have eggs, prepare them by scrambling or poaching with as little fat as possible.
If you want more information on what not to eat for gallstones or how to address gallbladder pain, please visit https://doctoreden.org/gallbladder-diet/ and learn about the most appropriate diet for your situation.