Foods to Avoid When You Have Gallstones

Updated February 12, 2018

Gallstones are round or oval deposits of crystalline material that can form in the gallbladder, the organ under the liver where bile is stored. Gallstones can have no symptoms, or can cause intense pain if one becomes lodged in the duct between the gallbladder and intestine. A low-fibre diet can contribute to formation of gallstones, and many foods aggravate the condition once it occurs.


A 1968 study still relied on today found that 93 per cent of people with gallstones who ate eggs had gallbladder pain afterward.

Other Foods to Avoid

Other foods that caused symptoms in the 1968 study include pork, onions, poultry, milk, citrus fruits, corn, beans and nuts.

Fats to Avoid

Certain types of fats can cause gallstone symptoms. These include trans fats, hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils, saturated fats and margarine. Fried foods also tend to cause problems.

Vegetables to Avoid

Certain vegetables are more likely to create gallstone symptoms, including radishes, turnips, cabbage and cauliflower.


Coffee should be avoided because it creates gallbladder contractions. Ironically, much evidence shows that coffee can prevent gallstone formation, but once they occur, it's a different story.

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Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.