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In brief: Say nuts to gallstones

March 9, 2014

In brief

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.

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