There are two components of milk that make it potentially harmful to those without a gallbladder. The first is Lactose. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and contains high amounts of flavoring and artificial mixtures. When lactose is ingested, it tends to cause bloating, nausea and more severe diarrhea. Some people may also have innate lactose intolerance making things worse. This can even produce pain and gas.
Another component of milk that is harmful for people who have no gallbladder is the fat. Whole milk contains high amounts of fat that make it difficult for people with no gallbladder to digest. This is the most common problem that occurs because of the absence of adequate amounts of bile. As a result, people with no gallbladder may experience fatty diarrhea, nausea, constipation and even gastritis. Diarrhea is characterized as having oily and odorous stools.
Certain milk products are prepared as lactose-free and fat-free; nevertheless, you should try to avoid milk in general because lactose-free milk may still contain fat and fat-free milk may still contain lactose in the same manner.
You should also limit intake of ice cream, cheese and yogurt even in their fat-free states because most likely, they have added sugars, artificial flavoring and high amounts of fats that can worsen your condition.
Those who still want to consume milk should seek out non-animal sourced milk such as soy milk and even almond milk. These vegetable and nut-derived milks may contain portions of fat, but they are generally considered healthy fats and have no artificial flavors. These types of milk are easily digestible even with people with no functional gallbladder. However, it is essential to take them in moderate amounts as anything that is taken in excess can be harmful to an irritated stomach.
Those who have their gallbladder removed or are experiencing abdominal pain may have limited food choices. Milk is one of those foods that should be avoided.
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