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Foods to Eat When You Don’t Have a Gallbladder (Part 2)

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by Boots R. Gonzales

Broccoli, Cabbage, Collard greens, Green bell pepper, Kale, Mustard greens, Foods High In Soluble Fiber, JGI/Jamie Grill/Blend Images/Research has shown that soluble fiber is effective in binding with bile acids, reducing any negative impact of the acids on gut functioning and therefore may help to prevent unwanted symptoms. Good sources of soluble fiber include:

Apples, Bananas*, Beans, e.g. lima, kidney, pinto, Blueberries*, Brussel sprouts, Broccoli*, Carrots*, Chickpeas, Grapefruit, Lentils, Oatmeal*, Onions, Oranges*, Pears, Plums, Prunes, Strawberries*

You don’t need your gallbladder in order to digest protein. Therefore, you will not experience unwanted digestive symptoms after eating foods that are high in protein. However, you might have a problem if you eat fatty cuts of meat.

So avoid beef that looks marbled and cut away the fat from the side of your pork chops! Instead, choose:

Lean cuts of beef

Lean cuts of pork

White meat chicken or turkey

Fish, such as cod, flounder, and halibut

Although your ability to digest fats will be limited due to the absence of your gallbladder, you still need to consume fats in order to be healthy. Your pancreas is still on the job pumping out enzymes to help to break down fats, but the loss of your gallbladder means that you will need to be wise about your fat choices. The average Western diet is too high in pro-inflammatory ​omega-6 fatty acids but deficient in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. The following foods will help you to get in your “good fats”:


Coconut oil

Fish, such as anchovies, salmon, and sardines

Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds


Olive oil (extra virgin)

Seeds, such as chia seeds, flaxseed, and psyllium

Smaller Meals

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You may need to change up your meal routine. Without your gallbladder to assist with digestion, you may find that your body tolerates food better when it is only given small portions to deal with at a time. Instead of eating your “three squares,” aim to eat four smaller meals throughout your day.


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