Post Gallbladder Surgery Diet: Coconut Oil, A Must Now More than Ever
A post gallbladder surgery diet must include coconut oil. Otherwise, you run the risk of suffering from “subclinical malnutrition.”
Your gallbladder functions as a storage tank for bile, the yellow or greenish liquid secreted by your liver that helps in the digestion and absorption of nutrients, particularly fats.
Without bile, you won’t be able to digest fat, which is necessary for absorbing the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, etc.
This results to a vitamin and mineral deficiency (subclinical malnutrition) that puts you on the edge between good and bad health. You may not notice nutritional deficiencies, but your health will surely deteriorate until your immune system is seriously compromised.
Long-Chain Fats Need Gallbladder Support
Almost all fats and oils are made entirely of Long Chain Triglycerides (LCT). Soybean oil and all other LCT-oils require an adequate amount of bile produced by the gallbladder to be digested and absorbed by your body.
With the gallbladder gone, there isn’t enough bile to assist in fat-digestion. This is the reason why eating LCT-fats cause intestinal distress. On the other hand, with or without a gallbladder, coconut oil will not cause intestinal distress.
Medium-Chain Coconut Oil Does Not
More than two-thirds of the humble coconut oil is composed of saturated Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), a rare type of fat molecules that don’t require bile or pancreatic digestive enzymes to be utilized by your body.
In contrast to “hard-to-digest-and-needs-bile” LCTs, MCTs are easily broken down into individual fatty acids called Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA). These MCFAs are sent straight to your liver where they are used as a source of fuel to produce energy.
Using MCT-rich coconut oil in place of other fats allows your “gallbladder-less” body to take in the fat-soluble vitamins and minerals it demands to function normally, minus the pain and discomfort.