Underneath the liver is a small organ called the gallbladder, the purpose of which is to assist the liver by storing, concentrating, and secreting bile to aid in the digestion of fatty foods. Because the liver can manage this task on its own in most cases, some people with gallbladder problems -- which causes painful abdominal cramps -- have the organ removed, though surgery is often the last resort, and dietary changes can successfully alleviate symptoms. Eliminating or reducing consumption of harder-to-digest foods can prevent uncomfortable aches and pains.
People with a sweet tooth might have to find other ways to curb their cravings if they are to adequately manage their gallbladder issues. In addition to treats like ice cream, high-fat dairy foods such as yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and homogenized milk can also aggravate gallbladder problems. Low-fat varieties of ice cream, cheese, and other dairy foods can be easier to digest without uncomfortable cramps, but it is best to discuss with a doctor or nutritionist first.
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