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Diet after gallbladder removal

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The function of the gallbladder is to store and concentrate bile, which a liquid secreted by the liver aiding in digestion of fatty foods. Doctors say that an individual can survive normally after removal of gallbladder.


The only problem is, the bile doesn’t concentrate due to absence of the gallbladder and it drips into the intestine. As a consequence, individuals who had undergone a surgery might be suffering from digestion problems, especially of fatty foods. To overcome this problem, modification in your diet post gallbladder removal is required.

So your doctor will explain you the adjustments you need to make in your diet. We throw some light on the diet of an individual after gallbladder removal in this article...

 

Avoid eating high fat foods

It’s quite obvious that you need to let go those fat and oil loaded foods to tone down the load in your digestive system. Check out the fat content while buying dairy products, sauces, meat etc. Cut down on fast foods, fried foods, processed foods, butter, cheese, whole cream, red meat, sea food, etc. Coconut oil and palm oil should be strictly avoided for cooking purposes.

So what to eat?

The mantra is simple- opt for non fat varieties. Check the fat content in the label while buying dairy, chocolates, cookies, etc. Make sure they are free of fat or contain very minimum amount of fat. Choose poultry or lean meat, tofu, fresh water fish and other non fat variants. Olive oil is best suited for cooking purposes.

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No large meals. Eat frequently in small portions

Your digestive system needs to work more when you eat heavy meals. Flip your eating pattern and indulge in small portions and eat frequently to keep hunger at the bay. Combine your foods with healthy proteins, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and moderate amount of fat free dairy. Have light snacks like crackers, fruit salads, etc. in between your meals. You can also have fat-free buttermilk or yogurt. Keep the menu for lunch and dinner simple- cook in minimum oil, opt for baked, grilled, boiled versions.


Introduce fibres gradually

Lack of fibres in your diet can lead to constipation. At the same time, you need to eventually start having fibres, because the most obvious side effect of gallbladder surgery is diarrhoea. High fibre foods like broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, etc. can be eaten during the recovery period with your doctor’s approval. However, you need moderate amounts of fibre to normalize your bowel movements.


Avoid eating gas causing food

Gas causing foods like chickpeas, green peas, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, milk, etc. should be avoided immediately after surgery as they hinder the digestion process. Similarly, cut down on caffeinated products like coffee and tea, sugar loaded foods and drinks and spicy foods after undergoing gall bladder surgery.

 

What’s the bottom line?

After considering the guidelines, you need to eat those foods that would improve diarrhoea and enhance your digestion process. The best foods recommended post gallbladder surgery are: brown/white rice, potatoes, lean meat, egg whites, pulp free fruit juices (cranberry, grapes), broth, fat free soups, etc. Also make sure you have plenty of water throughout the day.

Check with your doctor about the diet you need to follow. Keep a record of the foods you can eat and to avoid so that you don’t get confused after returning home.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: February 02, 2014