Diet recommendations for someone with gallbladder problems are to avoid low-fiber, high-fat and high-cholesterol foods, such as fatty red meats and heavily processed foods, explains WebMD. Healthy foods for the gallbladder include fruits and vegetables, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and whole grains.
Although low-fat dairy products are healthy for the gallbladder, people with gallbladder issues should limit their intake of whole-fat dairy products, such as cheeses and butter, according to WebMD. Fried foods are also high in fat and may worsen symptoms. Being overweight or obese increases a person's risk of developing gallstones, so maintaining a healthy weight is also important. Patients ideally should strive to lose excess weight gradually, as rapid weight loss also increases one's risk of gallstone formation.
Some preliminary studies have suggested that certain foods and beverages are especially effective at preventing gallbladder problems and lessening symptoms, notes WebMD. For example, research shows a potential link between caffeinated coffee consumption and decreased risk of gallstones. One study showed that women who consumed peanuts at least once per day were 20 percent less likely to require gallbladder removal surgery. Moderate alcohol consumption may also decrease gallstone risk. However, , as of 2015 further research is necessary to determine whether these foods and beverages should be recommended specifically for gallbladder-related concerns.