Ask Dr Miriam.
Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD
Q I had my gallbladder removed in 2015. Just recently I heard from another person who had the same operation and they were told not to eat chocolate as this can cause complications. Why is this?
A It isn't chocolate per se that might cause trouble, it's all fatty foods. Let me explain.
The gallbladder collects bile containing enzymes to digest fat from the liver. It releases bile when you eat to help the absorption of fat.
Between meals bile collects in the gallbladder and it's concentrated.
When the gallbladder is removed, bile less concentrated and drains continuously into the intestine affecting digestion of fat and fat-soluble vitamins.
A heavy fat meal will therefore cause problems.
So eat small, frequent meals and go easy on fat.
Gradually increase the fibre in your diet. Ditch caffeine and dairy products.