The appearance of stones in the gallbladder is a frequent problem, especially in women and as they age. And, although there are times that they do not produce symptoms, in many cases they cause pain and discomfort mainly after meals.
This is because the gallbladder is an organ that is responsible for releasing bile, a substance whose function is to mix with fats in the intestine so that they are absorbed, therefore,When eating foods rich in fat, this organ is stimulated and, being inflamed or containing stones, causes pain and discomfort.
Therefore, when there is pain in the gallbladder that is generated by the presence of stones, biliary sludge or inflammation, It is important to take some care in the diet, avoiding the consumption of foods high in fat. because the goal is to prevent the gallbladder from ‘working’.
Foods to avoid in the diet
- Whole milk and dairy derivatives such as whole yogurts or high-fat cheeses such as Parmesan or cheddar. Also pay special attention to butter.
- Red meats such as pork, beef or lamb.
- Sausages such as chorizo, salami or sobrasada.
- Vegetables that produce gas, such as cauliflower, cabbage, or bell peppers
- Acidic or candied fruits.
- Oils, fried foods and dried fruits such as walnuts and almonds or pickles such as olives.
- Sweets, due to their high sugar content, which make digestion difficult.
- Spicy food.
- Carbonated drinks in addition to stimulating drinks such as coffee, tea, or alcohol.
- Fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, and sardines.
If we have discomfort due to gallstones, it is preferable to eat foods rich in water and with little or no fat content, such as:
- Fruits such as apple, pear, watermelon, cherry, or melon.
- Cooked vegetables as they facilitate digestion.
- Oatmeal and whole grains preferably like rice, pasta or bread.
- Milk and skimmed derivatives.
- Cooked or grilled low-fat (lean) meats, such as skinless chicken or turkey.
- Water and fruit jams.
And when it comes to cooking and eating
- It is important to cook on the grill, steam or in the oven because that way we do not add fat to the food.
- Large meals must be avoided. Better if we eat a small amount and several times a day
- Eat slowly and in a calm environment, chewing each bite well.
- Great if we can rest the food for about 30 minutes.
- During the day, drink liquids and water in small amounts up to 2 liters (avoiding juices and carbonated drinks).
- Avoid fried, battered, breaded, sauces, stews and in general all those types of cooking that contain a lot of fat and oil.