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Low-Fat Diets After Gallbladder Surgery

By Cheryl Hinneburg ; Updated July 27, 2017

After a person has gallbladder surgery, it is extremely important that they follow a healthy low-fat diet. Otherwise, it will be difficult for them to completely digest fat that comes from other foods. A low-fat diet reduces much of the stimulation to the area, allowing it to rest and thwarting agonizing spasms in the bile duct.

Good Foods

Foods recommended following gallbladder surgery include fish, chicken and lean meat (minus any fat or skin), eggs, milk (skimmed), low-fat dairy such as cheese and yogurt, soup, salad and legumes.

Foods to Avoid

Fried and spicy foods can lead to big problems and post-surgical gallbladder patients should also avoid vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Other foods that often give people who have had this type of surgery difficulty are whole grain items, nuts, seeds and cereal, and rich foods such as pastries.

High Protein and Low Carb

After gallbladder surgery it is important to keep up a diet that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Many people find it very beneficial if they consume five or six small meals throughout the day as opposed to three larger ones. Digestion becomes complicated after the gallbladder is removed, and smaller meals are easier to deal with.

Vegetables and Fruit

While prepared fresh, onions and garlic can also be beneficial after surgery, this is not the case for everyone so proceed with them with caution. Other foods that relieve stress in digestion are fresh tomatoes, shallots, grapes, apples, pears and papaya. Cucumbers and beets are great, especially after surgery, as are green vegetables.

Beverages

When the area is more vulnerable after gallbladder surgery, most find it best to stay away from all coffee, tea, all alcohol and liquor, fruit juices or anything carbonated.

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