Pears for your Gallbladder and Gallstones

Pears and pear juice are excellent for your gallbladder and gallstones. Although they have less malic acid than there apple cousins, there is still sufficient amount to help thin bile and slowly break down gallstones. They also have plenty of pectin which binds with cholesterol and helps move it out of the body; and their fiber content is also great for your health.

There are a number of different types of pears including:

  • Anjou: A green pear that’s great by itself or with cheese (though keep cheese to a minimum if you have gallbladder problems!)
  • Asian: A yellow to green pear that is more round than other types. This kind is ok to eat even when it’s very firm. Also called a Nashi apple, African pear, Japanese pear, Taiwan pear, and Korean pear.
  • Bartlett: A green or yellow pear that’s great fresh, cooked, and in salads.
  • Bosc: A yellow to reddish pear. Put them in salads, fruit baskets, or plain.
  • Comice: A shorter, plumper pear that is green-yellow with occasional reddish parts. Good fresh, in salads, and in fruit baskets.
  • Red Bartlett: A reddish pear that’s good to cook, put in salads or eat fresh.
  • Seckel: A green to red pear that’s good for canning, eating fresh or in salads.

To help your gallbladder, work pears into your diet as often as you can, including pear juice. Feel free to browse our site for other healthy gallbladder foods and recipes.