Foods to avoid with gallbladder trouble

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    Foods to avoid with gallbladder trouble

    The gallbladder, located just below the liver, produces bile, a substance that aids in the digestion of fatty foods. When the gallbladder becomes inflamed (cholecystitis) or gallstones irritate or clog the gallbladder and cystic duct (cholesthiasis), the pain is so severe it is often mistaken for a heart attack. Patients who suffer from gallbladder problems are often given special diets to minimise the effects of these conditions before resorting to the alternative of surgical removal.

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    Fatty Meats

    The main use for the bile produced in the gall bladder is to break down fats. Steaks, sausage, heavily-marbled beef and other fat-rich meats are the single greatest contributors to increased bile production and inflammation of the gall bladder.

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    Fried Foods

    The grease and cholesterol in fried foods like bacon and eggs and deep-fried chicken, fish and "appetizer" foods, stimulate the production of bile and "feed" gall stones.

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    Gas Producers

    Such disparate foods as beans, cabbage and carbonated drinks are direct producers of gas that, in addition to the immediate inconvenience, incites the gall bladder to produce more bile--which produces more gas.

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    Seeds, skins and "sticks and stems" in berries, tomatoes and leafy greens scratch inflamed tissues and ducts surrounding the gallbladder.

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    Acidic Foods

    Citrus fruits, fruit juices, tomato sauces and coffee contain acids that irritate the lining of the stomach, further stimulating an inflamed gallbladder.

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    Spicy Foods

    Spicy foods containing chilli and peppers are hard on already inflamed tissues.

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    Junk Food

    Crisps, buttered popcorn and other snack foods contain large helpings of cholesterol--the main component in gallstones.

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