Gallbladder pain can give you all the motivation you need to change your eating habits for the better. Diet alone will not reverse existing gallbladder problems but a high-protein low-fat diet will prevent existing problems from worsening. If the gallbladder is already trouble a high-protein diet to keep it that way
While U. S. lead the world in the incidence of gallbladder disease developing countries rapidly catching up. Diet is the culprit. Americans enjoy a diet rich in fat and often low in protein. According to the National Institutes of Health about 500 000 new cases of gallbladder disease will be diagnosed during 2009.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition vegetables are the healthiest source of protein. Although meats contain protein it comes with a substantial amount of fat. Avoid fat whenever possible will improve the health of the gallbladder.
A 2004 study of protein in 80 000 women found that a diet high in vegetable protein significantly reduced the risk of gallbladder disease compared with those diets with a lower amount of vegetable protein. This study is a clear indication that diets high in vegetable protein is beneficial for gall bladder health.
Sources of vegetable protein
According to United States Department of Agriculture artichokes beets broccoli brussels sprouts cabbage cauliflower cucumbers eggplant peas peppers kale dark green lettuce mushrooms mustard greens onions potatoes spinach tomatoes turnip greens watercress yams and squash are good sources of protein.
Chicken turkey and fish are low-fat sources of protein. A 100-gram serving of chicken has 26 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat. Turkey is even better with 28 grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. A hamburger contains only 18 grams of protein to go with a hefty 20 grams of fat. Bacon ham pork chops and meats are also high-fat gall bladder-busters.
Other protein sources
Even vegetables in the strictest sense of the word lentils lima beans navy beans chickpeas and split peas are good protein gives legumes. For protein-rich grains look for barley buckwheat oats rye wild rice wheat and wheat germ. Choose bread from one of these sources when possible.