Post gallbladder removal diet

The gallbladder aids in the digestion process by storing and releasing bile produced by the liver. Bile is important for breaking down fats in food so it can be easily absorbed by the body. When the gallbladder is functioning properly, it concentrates bile and releases it into the small intestine to help with digestion.

After having your gallbladder removal surgery, it’s important to be cautious about the foods you eat to avoid any discomfort or digestive issues. One of the key foods to avoid is spicy foods and fatty foods, as they can be harder to digest without the assistance of bile from the gallbladder. This includes fried foods, fatty cuts of meat, full-fat dairy products (milk, ice cream) and rich desserts. Consuming high-fat foods can lead to gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. To ensure a smoother digestion process and prevent any digestive issues after gallbladder removal, it’s recommended that fat should make up no more than 30% of your daily calorie intake. Additionally, saturated fat – found in foods like red meat and dairy products – should make up no more than 10% of your daily calorie intake. By monitoring your fat consumption and opting for lean protein sources, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products instead of high-fat options, you can help support your digestive system as it adjusts to functioning without a gallbladder. 

You should also consider portion sizes more carefully. Managing your portions is crucial because consuming too much food can lead to stomach pain. Eating smaller amounts regularly can help prevent bloating and other gastrointestinal symptoms.

 

What can I eat after Gallbladder Surgery? 

After the first few days after surgery, you can start gradually adding solid food back into your diet. There are plenty of different types of foods you can eat to aid in your recovery, focusing more on a healthy diet with Low-fat foods to make it easier to digest and help prevent uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms. Here are our top picks;

– Egg whites
– Oats
– Whole grains
– Peas, green beans, and lentils
– Fruits
– Vegetables
– Lean Meats
– Brown rice

High-fiber foods support your digestion and bowel movements, but it’s essential to gradually increase your fibre intake over several weeks. Consuming too much fibre too quickly can lead to cramping and diarrhoea. Opt for soluble fibre, as it absorbs water during digestion, ensuring your stools are the right consistency and easy to pass. Our high-fibre food choices include;

– Apples
– Broccoli
– Spinach
– Sweet potatoes
– Lentils
– Almonds
– Black beans
– Flaxseeds

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