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What diet is good for gallstone sufferers?

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A diet rich in fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products is ideal for gallbladder sufferers. In addition, people with gallbladder issues should avoid fried foods, whole-milk dairy products, fatty red meats and highly processed foods, according to WebMD.

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For people who are not at risk of developing gallstones, maintaining healthy weight levels and eating a diet low in cholesterol and fat, high in fiber and moderate in calories is ideal. Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Whole grains are high in soluble fiber, which soaks up fats and cholesterol in the digestive tract and carries them through the bowel and out of the body. Other foods that may help reduce repeated instances of gallstones include peanuts and peanut butter. Drinking caffeine and alcohol moderately may also reduce the likelihood of gallstones, notes WebMD.

Some studies indicate that the modern diet in the West, high in saturated fats and refined sugars, is a major contributing factor in gallbladder problems. Fatty foods, fried foods and foods that go through significant processing (cookies, pie and donuts, for example) are all worth avoiding because they place strain on the gallbladder. Switching to an extremely low-calorie diet is not recommended, however, as the shock to the system counteracts the metabolic benefits, states WebMD.

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