Can you eat pizza without a gallbladder?

In this brief article we are going to answer the query, “Can you eat pizza without a gallbladder?” We will also briefly discuss the reasons why someone would remove their gallbladder and foods someone should avoid and eat after their gallbladder is removed. We will also briefly look at the reasons why pizza is unhealthy.

Can you eat pizza without a gallbladder?

No, it is not advisable to eat pizza without a gallbladder. Pizza is a junk food and it contains a lot of fats, sugar and salt so it’s best if you skip it. The gallbladder purpose is to store bile, concentrate bile, and, when stimulated to contract, eject bile into the small intestine.

 It’s the bile that helps to digest fats. So eating a fat- rich pizza means you may have trouble digesting the fats without the gallbladder.

Cholecystectomy is a medical procedure to remove the gallbladder performed through. The gallbladder forms part of the digestive system and its main functions are 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?

Cholecystectomy is performed because of the build up of chronic gallstones. Gallstones are hard solid-like deposits that form in the gallbladder. Gallstone can be as a result of the below factorse:

  • A buildup of 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 a high fiber content which can include cereals, whole grain breads, nuts, beans and high-fiber fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, cauliflower, and carrots.
  • Avoid fried foods, like french fries and wings.
  • Avoid high-fat meats, such as bacon, bologna, sausage, ground beef, and ribs.
  • Avoid dairy products with a high fat content, such as butter, cheese, ice cream, cream and whole milk.
  • Avoid processed foods with butter and lard.
  • Meat gravies.
  • Creamy soups or sauces
  • Chocolates

Unless you are making your pizza at home where you get to control the amount and portions of ingredients such as the salt, cheese you should be careful and limit the amount of pizza you consume.

What foods should I eat after gallbladder removal?

It is essential to have a well balanced diet after gallbladder removal. Some of the diets you can follow are as below:

High fiber foods

High fiber foods help prevent constipation. This should however be increased with moderation as they can otherwise cause bloating. Such foods include: vegetables, fruits, seeds, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

Lean protein

 Lean meat is essential as it is low in fat and can be easily digested. Some types of lean meats you can introduce into your diet include fish and seafood, chicken and legumes.

Plant based foods

Plant based foods are an excellent provider  of vitamins, essential minerals and antioxidants. It’s essential to consume a plant based diet to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it requires.

Low fat protein

Food sources that are low in protein, for example seeds, nuts, soy, beans provide proteins and contain low amounts of salt, sugar and fats are an excellent choice.

Healthy fats

Unsaturated fats are usually easier to digest than fatty foods. Sources are soybean oil, fish oils, nuts, seeds, olive oil and canola oil. 

Why is pizza not healthy?

Cheese Used in Pizza Can Increase the Risk of Heart Disease

Cheese is usually loaded with (low-density lipoprotein), also known as  “bad” cholesterol. Eating a lot of cheese can elevate  bad cholesterol in our body and increase the risk of heart diseases. This might even be worse if your favorite pizza has chicken toppings because the fat content is even higher. 

Pizza can elevate blood pressure

Pizza usually has a high sodium content because of the ingredients used. The high sodium levels might be dangerous because they can lead to hypertension especially if you consume pizza on a daily basis.

It can fluctuate your sugar levels

The refined flour and the additives in a pizza can increase your sugar levels and as well take them down suddenly bringing an unhealthy fluctuation especially if you’re a frequent pizza consumer.

It Causes Acidity

Pizza can cause acidity problems especially from people who already suffer from it because of the ingredients such as cheese, sauce and refined flour crust. If you already suffer from acidity, it is best if you stay away from pizza. 

Pizza Is Made Up of Refined Flour

Refined flour has absolutely zero nutritional value. Pizza is made of refined flour flour which adds nothing to the body other than adding belly fat.

Other FAQs about Pizza that you may be interested in.

Can you eat pizza without the crust?

Can you eat pizza without teeth?

Can you eat pizza without sauce?


In this brief article we have discussed the query,”Can you eat pizza without a gallbladder?” We briefly discussed the reasons why someone would remove their gallbladder and the foods someone should avoid and eat after their gallbladder is removed. We have also explained why pizza is unhealthy.


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