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What to eat if having gallbladder attacks?

Asked by jenandcolin (2301points) January 5th, 2011

I have been having (what I believe are) gallbladder attacks. I have a doctor’s appointment later today to be certain.
I have read what to eat/ what not to eat online. However, many websites have contrary advice. For example, some websites say to stay away from coffee, some don’t mention it at all and some actually say to drink it!
I will ask my doc later today. But, I was wondering if anyone else has had them and could give some tips on what to eat/ what not to eat.

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crisw's avatar

I think it really depends on the person. For me, it was spicy Mexican food. Fats/grease are also a common culprit.

If you do get diagnosed with gallbladder issues, get that little sucker out. I am very glad that I did.

JustJessica's avatar

Greasy food , Soda, coffee, and lettuce are bad. But sadly anything you eat will be bad if it’s your gallbladder. That was my experience at least.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

What not to eat—- fat, oil or grease. NO butter or anything with fat content for a while. My wife could not tolerate coffee or tea.

JLeslie's avatar

No fat is correct. Also, if you have been constipated, that can feel like pressure even very high up in your digestive system, so avoid nuts, raw hard veggies like carrots, and eat some raisins, other whole fruits, high fiber cereals, and drink plenty of liquid while eating.

Supacase's avatar

Nothing rich. Eat bland food.

YARNLADY's avatar

The Mayo Clinic site and WebMD are both reputable sites. YOu can usually find accurate information on them.

jmbnjcl's avatar

I had gallstones and had to have my gallbladder removed. The funtion of the gallbladder is to store extra bile that is used to digest fats. Normally, your body produces enought bile to digest the fat in a normal meal, the gallbladder is not needed until you eat a high fat meal, which will cause the gallbladder to put out extra bile to digest the fat. If you have big stones in your gallbladder, they can get stuck when the extra bile comes out. This is what causes the pain. So, you can eat some fat, but use caution. Too much fat will cause the gallbladder to spit out that bile and a stone may get stuck and cause the pain.

Everyone is different, but with me, only the high fat meals would cause an attack. I did eventually have my gallbladder removed, and never had problems again.

jenandcolin's avatar

Thanks to everyone! I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and am scheduled for an ultrasound (the initial diagnostic tool for gallbladder issues).
Wish me luck!

crisw's avatar


Good luck! The ultrasound is pretty fascinating- getting to see your own insides and all that.

Bellatrix's avatar

Bland, low fat food is the key. It is however very individual and a bit changeable. I sometimes could eat lamb chops, but another time a lamb chop would set off an attack. Be guided by your own body. Hope the ultrasound went well. Take care.


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