Foods you can eat with gallstones
Gallstones are stones that form in the gall (bile). Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. And you may have just one big gallstone or hundreds of small ones. Bile is a yellow-green liquid and is made by your liver. Liver is a large organ that is important for digesting food in the intestine, particularly fat. Here are some of the foods you can eat with gallstones.
Types of gallstones:
1. Cholesterol gallstones: Cholesterol gallstones form if there is too much cholesterol in the bile.
2. Pigment gallstones: Pigment gallstones form if there is excess bilirubin in the bile. Pigment gallstones has two types including black pigment gallstones and brown pigment gallstones.
Symptoms of gallstones:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloated feeling in the stomach
Causes of gallstones:
The causes of gallstones varies. Some stones form if there is too much bilirubin in the bile. Other stones form if there is not enough bile salts.
Incidence of gallstones: Gallstones are more common in women, Native Americans and people over age 40.
List of foods you can eat with gallstones:
1. Fruits and vegetables: You can choose vegetables such as beets, carrots, artichokes, parsnips, dandelion greens, watercress, horseradish, mustard greens, water chestnuts, radish, celery, cucumber, turmeric, okra, green beans, garlic, ripe tomatoes, vinegars and artichokes. Eat these vegetables with non fat dressings. Choose fruits such as watermelon, grapefruit, apples, blackberries, apricots, berries, currants, guavas, lemons, pears, avocado, papaya and prunes. Fruits and Vegetables rich in fiber and provide many essential vitamins and minerals. Fiber helps to improve bowel function, lowers cholesterol levels and other diseases.
2. Grains: Another safe food you can eat with gallstones is grains. Grains is important for gallstones because its helps to flush your system. Also it is great for lowering cholesterol levels. Whole grains is packed with tons of fiber and other important nutrients. You can choose grains such as whole grain bread, oats, barley and rice.
3. Dried fruits: You can eat dried fruits such as figs, apricots, prunes and raisins.
4. Flax oil: Flax oil is good for gallstones. You can add this oil with lemon juice to salads as a dressing.
5. Fresh jucies: You can try fresh juices from these vegetables such as carrot, radish, prune, black cherry, celery, beet, cucumber and parsley.
Beets and cucumber juices are helpful for gallstones.
6. Milk: Low fat diet is good for gallstones. You can choose fat free, 1 percent or skim milk. Completely avoid whole milk.
7. Meat: Avoid red meat and try to choose white meat such as chicken, and turkey.
8. Desserts: You can choose non-fat yogurt, fruit ice, graham crackers, gingesnaps and angel food cake are some of the good choices.
9. Other foods: Other foods include vinegars, sweet potatoes, onions, shallots, and cold water fish.