In brief: Say nuts to gallstones
Say nuts to gallstones
Your gallbladder is a little sack that holds extra bile made by the liver before it gets pumped down the common bile duct and into the small intestine. Bile, a greenish yellow juice, helps break down fat. If it contains too much cholesterol, the cholesterol tends to crystallize, and you wind up with gallstones.
Nuts, long consigned to salty snack-food status by Americans, are being taken more seriously after earning a few nutritional merit badges, most prominently for heart disease prevention. Now they may win another one for preventing gallstones.