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Trouble Eating Fat? Gallbladder Check and Enzymes 2

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Far too often I encounter people who have ‘issues’ eating fat … it causes them gastro-intestinal distress.

I ask them if they have ever had their gallbladder checked, there are two answers that I typically hear to this question.

Answer 1:   ‘No, never heard of a test for that.’   At which point I suggest that they take one.   Typically the test results point to a malfunctioning gallbladder.

Answer 2: ‘I don’t have a gallbladder, it was removed.’


In neither of the scenarios above did their doctor suggest digestive enzymes…..not in ONE single case.

EVERY SINGLE person in the two scenarios above is seeing a highly trained doctor.

NONE of them… not a single person was taking digestive enzymes to aid in the digestion of fats.

Note:  Digestive Enzymes (below) can be purchased ‘over the counter’, without prescription.


Take Home Point:

If you have any gastro-intestinal discomfort when eating fatty meats, butter or coconut oil… anything high in fat…

I urge you to talk to your doctor about having your Gallbladder tested.

If the gallbladder is malfunctioning or if it was previously removed, a person’s gastro-intestinal issues can be greatly helped by taking digestive enzymes.   Below are two products that Karen Gale uses to help her digest fats.  Thanks to Karen for help in creating this post/information. :)

Lypo: Lipase Enzymes – Lipase Enzyme Supplements for Fat digestion and Metabolism

Enzymedica Digest Basic | Natural Digestive Enzyme Supplement | Gentle Digestive Formula

Note:  Since I posted this, many have reported weaning off the enzymes … still eating high fat. Their body adapted.  Also, some never added enzymes, but just gradually added more and more fat… again, their bodies adapted.



I am NOT a highly trained doctor, nor am I a highly trained dietitian nor certified diabetes educator.

What am I ???  Someone who gave a damn… that’s what.

Here is an exchange that took place between Karen Gale and myself … this was my first encounter with the gallbladder issue.   This is not verbatim… I may be off a little. If I am, I am sure Karen will correct me. :)


Karen:  I am having trouble digesting fats.
Me: Let me do some checking and see what I can find.

(I googled and learned in minutes that the gallbladder is likely the culprit and that enzymes can be bought over the counter that can help and aid in the digestion of fat.)

Me:  Have you ever had a gallbladder function test?
Karen:  I may have, but I had my gallbladder removed.

Me: WHAT? … you don’t have a gallbladder?
Karen: No

Me: Did your doctor mention enzymes to help with the ‘gastro-intestinal’ issues?
Karen: No

Karen took the ball and researched, bought what she needed.


In every case, gastro-intestinal issues when eating fats involved gallbladder related issues.  Either the person had their gallbladder removed or there was reduced function.

Bottom Line:

I know I am repeating this several times… I want to HAMMER home this point.

If you are having gastro-intestinal issues after eating fatty foods … check with your doctor about testing your gallbladder.  If the gallbladder has been removed, check with your doctor about enzymes to take.



More Info On The Gallbladder  … quotes from WebMD

WebMD on Gallbladder

“The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. After meals, the gallbladder is empty and flat, like a deflated balloon. Before a meal, the gallbladder may be full of bile and about the size of a small pear.

In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts. Bile helps digest fats…”

No problems thus far.

“… the gallbladder itself is not essential.”

Only a drug pimping, grain pushing, low fat dogma fanatic would call a gallbladder… ‘not essential’.

They do NOT have a clue.

“Removing the gallbladder in an otherwise healthy individual typically causes no observable problems with health or digestion yet there may be a small risk of diarrhea and fat mal-absorption.”

NO problems??? Except that it makes it almost impossible for them to consume healthy saturated fats. Those fats have allowed me to become the healthiest and fittest of my adult life… AND have allowed me to be drug and insulin free… with normal blood sugar.

Only a complete embicile would say that ‘gallbladders’ are ‘not essential’ and that it causes ‘no observable problems’.

I mean really … are you sick and tired of being lied to by the ‘medical industry’?

I sure as hell am…. and you should be too.



2 thoughts on “Trouble Eating Fat? Gallbladder Check and Enzymes

  • Galina L.

    My gallbladder was removed it took my body a whyle before I stopped having gastro-distress after eating meat, but in order for the adjustment to happen you have to gradually increase the amount of fat in your diet. You will never be adjusted if you take enzymes, it was what my doctor said. Coconut oil is the easiest fat to digest without a gallbladder.

    • Steve Cooksey Post author

      Galina, Thanks for the comment and congrats! I’m glad your body adjusted… without a gall bladder and without enzymes!

      “You will never be adjusted if you take enzymes”. I know many folks who tried for months, even years and their body never adjusted without enzymes, so I do question your comment as it applies to ‘all’… glad it happened for YOU! :)