What to eat if you have gallstones?

Updated July 19, 2017

Gallstones, also known as cholelithiasis, are hard material that forms in the gallbladder. They range in size from being microscopic to the size of a golf ball. Sometimes only one stone can form, but other times there are many stones that may be present. Managing gallstones requires following a healthy diet. By eating correctly, you can avoid gallstones from coming back or even prevent more from appearing in the gallbladder.

Foods to Avoid

The gallbladder is located in the upper right part of the abdomen and is about 3 to 4 inches in length and about 1-inch wide. The gallbladder's function is to store bile, which is a thick brown liquid produced by the liver. Many gallstones form when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. Many gallstones are also formed by a poor diet. Foods that cause gallstones are usually foods that are from animals. Avoid eating fast food, oily food and spicy foods. You also want to avoid red meat, eggs, milk, beans and nuts. Some vegetables are also not good, such as onions and corn.

Foods to Eat

While it seems like there are a lot of foods that need to be avoided, there are still plenty of options available that are healthy and taste good when cooked the correct way. You will want to eat foods that increase your fibre intake. Fruits and vegetables are abundant on this list. Some fruits and vegetables that are acceptable to eat are apples, beets, broccoli, carrots, celery, grapefruit, lemons, spinach, watermelon and garlic. If you love eating meat, you should be safe eating chicken, turkey and fish. You can also have yoghurt, pretzels, rice and pasta, as long as they are all low in fat. Make sure to drink 10 to 12 glasses of water per day to flush out your system.

Low-fat Diet

Whether this is a temporary diet or one you must follow for the rest of your life, a low-fat diet is all about checking nutritional labels. Make sure that you know how to read them in order to adopt a healthy low fat lifestyle. There are many low-fat cooking books out there that will help you create delicious foods in order to prevent the return of gallstones.


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Diana Reid has been a freelance writer for more than five years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University and education in public health. She has been published in KidVisions, MicroHorror, "The Kids Ark Magazine," NACS, "Family Business Magazine" and has written hundreds of health articles for