Some causative factors
- Excessive dietary saturated fat
- Excessive refined carbohydrates (sugar and white flour).
Promising nutritional research
13 test subjects with probable gall stones were given refined and unrefined carbohydrate diets for six weeks each. The refined carbohydrate diet increased bile cholesterol saturation and the investigators concluded that the avoidance of refined carbohydrate foods could reduce the risk of gall stones. Thornton JR et al: Diet and gall stones: effects of refined and unrefined carbohydrate diets on bile cholesterol saturation and bile acid metabolism. Gut 24(1):2-6, 1983.
Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator