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6 Foods to Avoid if You Have Gallbladder Issues

For the many Americans who suffer from gallbladder issues, like gallstones, on a daily basis, it’s important to learn more about nutrition with a special focus on foods that won’t intensify the condition. After all, the side effects of gallbladder problems can range from serious discomfort (like loss of appetite) to intense pain (nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps).

For these reasons, it’s just important that people with gallbladder problems learn about the foods that could cause their condition to flare up and become a bigger problem. Unfortunately, these foods include some of the most popular menu items out there, from dairy to fried chicken. The problem, in most cases, is fat — put simply, many gallbladder issues can be tied to difficulty properly processing the fat in many Americans’ favorite foods. So, which foods should people with gallbladder issues consider avoiding in the future?

1. High-fat dairy products

The gallbladder is responsible for storing and excreting bile that assists in the digestive process. When someone experiences problems with their gallbladder, it usually involves difficulty breaking down foods, especially those high in fat. The result can be anything from painful abdominal cramps to upset stomach and vomiting.

If you’re having problems with your gallbladder, you should specifically avoid high-fat dairy products, like ice cream, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and homogenized milk. Avoiding these foods can help your gallbladder effectively manage its role in the digestive process and prevent painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Of course, if you can find the low-fat equivalents of these foods, you may be okay — to be sure, speak with your physician.

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