Do controlled carbohydrate diets cause gallbladder disease?
There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that gallstones (responsible for more than 90 percent of gallbladder disease) are formed when fat intake is low. In a study that examined the effects of a diet that provided 27 grams of fat per day, gallstones developed in 13 percent of the participants. The reason for this is that the gallbladder will not contract unless fat is taken in. If it doesn’t contract, a condition called biliary stasis develops — and causes the bile salts to crystallize into stones. Our gallbladders need to be kept active to prevent stone formation.