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Foods to Avoid with GallstonesThere are certain foods that may cause development of gallstones therefore you should known what foods to avoid to prevent this medical problem.

What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are stone-like substances that form in the gallbladder. Gallbladder is a small organ located below the liver that stores bile. Bile is a liquid, produced by the liver, which aids the body to digest food. Bile consists of cholesterol, fats, water, bile salts, proteins and a waste product or bilirubin. When cholesterol or bile salts in the bile harden, gallstones are formed. Gallstones can be formed in the gallbladder or bile ducts and they may range from size of a grain of a sand to size of a golf ball. Gallstones can get trapped in a duct and may cause inflammation and severe infection in the gallbladder, liver or pancreas. Blocked bile duct can present symptoms commonly known as gallbladder attack. These symptoms include constant pain in the upper right abdomen, pain under the right shoulder, fever, nausea, vomiting, jaundice, restlessness, indigestion and burping.

Women have increased risk of gallstones since they are more susceptible to formation of gallstones. Risk is also increased with age of a person. Obese people are at risk too mainly due to high fat and low fiber diet. People who lose their weight very quickly are at risk because of disturbed bile chemistry. Other factors that are associated to the risk of gallstones include pregnancy, oral contraceptive pills, Crohn’s disease and elevated levels of serum triglyceride. However, some foods can prevent formation of gallstones and they should be incorporated in diet while foods that may cause gallstones should be avoided.

Which Foods can Cause Gallstones?People who are having plenty of animal fats in their diet are very susceptible to formation of gallstones. Because of that, overweight people often suffer from gallstones hence it is important that they avoid all animal fats as well as dairy products. Diet rich in sugars and starch like rice, white bread and cereals, should also be avoided.

In general gallstones can be prevented if following foods are eliminated from diet:Animal fatsEggsDairy productsHydrogenated oils and fatsRefined carbohydratesDeep-fried foodsCoffee, alcohol, black tea, cocktails and hard liquorsSugary drinksProcessed foodsCertain vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower and legumesCertain fruits such as oranges and grapefruitSweetsThese foods can lead to formation of gallstones or trigger gallbladder attack in people who are already suffering from gallstones. The best diet to minimize the risk of this condition is vegetarian diet that excludes animal fats. People affected by gallstones should eat soybean products and vegetables and fruits rich in fibers such as broccoli, spinach, horseradish, celery, carrots, garlic, kale, lemon, apples and watermelon. Meats that are allowed include low cholesterol meats like poultry and fish. Foods rich in unsaturated fats are also beneficial for people with gallstones and they include nuts, olive oil, flax seed oil, and walnut oil.

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