What food is good for GALLSTONES




  • Tomatoes
  • Salmon
  • Brown rice
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Barley
  • Avocado
  • Olive oil
  • Walnuts
  • Flaxseeds


  • Red meat, butter, and foods with saturated fat
  • Processed foods that contain trans fat
  • Sugary foods, such as cookies and soft drinks


  • 10 to 15% of North Americans have gallstones, including more than 20 million Americans annually
  • Women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones
  • People who are moderately overweight or obese
  • People who crash crash diet often
    The gallbladder stores and concentrates bile, a fluid produced by the liver to digest fats in the small intestine
    Bile fluid contains high levels of cholesterol and the pigment bilirubin, both of which can form stones
    For many, gallstones are symptomless and do not require treatment
    For others, however, the presence of gallstones can cause pain in the upper right abdomen when the gallbladder contracts to release bile after a meal, and can cause inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis) that brings on sudden, severe pain extending to the back and under the right shoulder blade, with fever, chills, and vomiting
    If stones obstruct the flow of bile, the skin and the whites of the eyes become jaundiced
    Left untreated, stones can lodge in the bile duct and cause inflammation of the liver or pancreas

    Nutrition Connection

    These guidelines and strategies can help: Eat right
    Monitor foods to avoid any that cause discomfort
    Diets should include plenty of whole grains with lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate servings of protein, and small amounts of fat
    It is best to avoid alcohol
    Also, eat more foods with vitamins C, E, and calcium
    Such foods include tomatoes, salmon, and nuts
    Always eat breakfast
    A substantial breakfast causes the gallbladder to empty itself and flush out any small stones and stagnant bile
    Consume small, frequent meals
    Small meals can help spur the gallbladder to empty stones and bile, while eating 5 to 6 meals spaced throughout the day encourages routine gallbladder function
    Avoid extreme dieting
    Bile is likely to form stones after you fast
    Seek a weight loss program that helps you lose weight without long restrictive periods
    To prevent gallstones, eat a high-fiber diet
    A variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains may help prevent gallstones from forming
    Bump up unsaturated fats
    Sources of polyunsaturated fat such as walnuts, flaxseeds, and salmon, and foods rich in monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil and avocado, may also prevent gallstones
    Limit fatty and sugary foods
    Foods rich in saturated fat, and trans fat, such as red meat, chicken skin, butter, cheese, and processed foods, may increase the risk of gallstone formation
    Sugar foods, such as cakes and cookies, can also be a problem


    Drop pounds slowly
    Shedding extra pounds is good for your health, but keep the weight loss at a slow, steady pace of about 1 to 2 pounds a week
    Rapid weight loss increases your risk of getting gallstones

    Beyond the Diet

    Try these tips to help deal with existing gallstones or to prevent them from forming in the first place: Maintain a healthy weight
    A large clinical study showed that being even moderately overweight increases the risk of developing gallstones
    Obesity is a major risk factor, especially for women
    Consider supplements
    Those who do not get enough vitamins C or E or calcium in their diet may have an increased risk
    Speak to your doctor before taking any supplements; as in most cases, it’s best to get your vitamins and minerals from foods
    Talk to your doctor about treatment
    For frequent painful attacks, the usual treatment is the surgical removal of the gallbladder, called cholecystectomy
    The procedure can be performed by conventional surgery or by laparoscopy, which involves a tiny incision and a brief hospital stay
    Another option is a procedure called lithotripsy, which uses shock waves to break up the gallstones