Can you eat peanut butter without a gallbladder?

In this brief blog, we are going to discuss the query, “Can you eat peanut butter without a gallbladder? We will also be looking at some reasons as to why someone would have their gallbladder removed and the foods one should avoid if so. We will briefly look at some reasons why peanut butter is good and its health benefits.

Can you eat peanut butter without a gallbladder?

Yes, you can definitely eat peanut butter without a gallbladder. Let’s admit it, we’ve mostly as kids got caught dipping our little fingers in that peanut jar.

Peanut butter  is a very popular paste and bread spread around the world. It is a paste made from roasted and ground peanuts. Processed peanut butter may have additives depending on the manufacturer which include sugar, vegetable oil and trans fats.

Peanuts the main ingredients in the paste are very rich in fat, protein, vitamin B, phosphorus, and iron. In its paste and final form, peanut butter has about 90-95% of selected, blanched and dry roasted peanuts. 

Usually to increase its spreading properties and flavor there is inclusion of ingredients such as vegetable oils, salt, dextrose and corn syrup. To additionally contribute to its nutritive value yeast and ascorbic acid are also added.

A medical surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder is known as cholecystectomy . The gallbladder forms part of the digestive system and its core function is to collect and store bile. The bile assists in digesting the fats in the food you consume.

What are the reasons someone would remove the gallbladder?

You can have your gallbladder removed because of the build up of chronic gallstones. Gallstones are hard solid-like deposits that form in the gallbladder. These can be caused by various factors which include:

  • Too much cholesterol in your bile
  • Presence of too much bilirubin in your bile
  • The gallbladder not emptying all the way

What foods should you avoid if you have removed your gallbladder?

  • Avoid foods with high fibers such as nuts, whole grains, cereals beans, peas, and fruits with high fibers such as bananas, apples, oranges and veggies like carrots, citrus fruits and cauliflower
  • Avoid fried foods, like french fries and wings.
  • Avoid meats with high fats; these include bologna, sausage, bacon, ground beef, and ribs.
  • Avoid dairy products with high fat content, such as cheese, butter, whole milk and ice creams.
  • Foods made with lard or butter.
  • Meat gravies.
  • Chocolate.
  • Creamy soups or sauces

Is peanut butter good for your gallbladder?

Research has shown that eating peanut and peanut butter regularly reduces the  risk of developing gallstones. Studies have also shown that women who eat a handful of peanuts or peanut butter weekly usually have a lowered risk of 25% of getting gallstones.

A significant percentage of gallstones are actually cholesterol stones. Cholesterol stones as the name suggests are attributed to elevated levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol. Peanuts are capable of lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) and in effect bringing an increase in ‘good’ cholesterol i.e. HDL, thereby curbing the development of gallstones

An ounce is just 28.6g of nuts or about 2 tablespoons of nut butter, therefore preventing gallbladder disease may be as relatively easy as spreading peanut butter on your bread. 

What are the benefits of peanut butter?

Healthy heart

Peanut butter has p-coumaric acid which helps in counteracting the damage done to cells associated with cardiovascular diseases. Also, peanut butter contains more unsaturated fat than saturated fat  which means it can lower the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

Lowers risk of cancer

Peanut butter contains an antioxidant known as Resveratrol which  has been shown to cut off blood supply to growing cancers and inhibit cancer cell growth. Peanut butter is also rich in Vitamin E which has been shown to reduce the risk of stomach, colon, lung, liver, and other cancers.

Lowers Risk of Diabetes

Studies have shown peanut butter to positively affect blood sugar and therefore help reduce the risk of diabetes development. According to a story published in the reputable Journal of The American Medical Association, “Consuming around 2 tablespoons of peanut butter for just a minimum 5 days weekly can cut down the risk of developing diabetes by 30%.

Promotes strong bones

Peanut butter has iron and calcium, very essential nutrients for the transportation of oxygen in the blood and promotion of the growth of strong and healthy bones. It should also be noted that “Inclusion of  healthy protein daily in the diet is a good option to maintain strong bones.”


In this brief blog we have discussed the query, “Can you eat peanut butter without a gallbladder?” We have looked at some reasons as to why someone would have their gallbladder removed and the foods one should avoid if so. We have also looked at some reasons why peanut butter is good and its health benefits.

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