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Food to Avoid with Gallstones

Updated April 17, 2017

Gallstones can develop with or without symptoms. Someone who suffers from gallstones should be aware of the foods that trigger the painful symptoms accompanying the condition.

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What Are Gallstones?

Gallstones are caused by hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder. Certain foods will cause them.


A gallstone attack comes on suddenly, causing pain in the abdominal area that can last several minutes to several hours.


Artificial sweeteners, sugar and any products that contain these should be avoided. Anything made with white flour or preservatives should be avoided.

Healthy Foods to Avoid

Cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, oranges, grapefruit, eggs, onions, beans and nuts can cause a gallstone attack. Grains like oats and wheat should also be avoided.

Other Foods to Avoid

Red meat, fried foods, margarine and hydrogenated oils should also be avoided. Alcohol and caffeine containing drinks should be avoided also.

Diet Management

Once the person's gallstone condition is under control, the above foods can be eaten in small quantities on occasion.

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About the Author

Priscilla Benfield is a writer whose articles can be found on many sites, including Helium, Associated Content and Firehow. She enjoys writing about many different topics and also enjoys writing poetry and sharing original recipes.

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