I've been using olive oil since I was in high school and have eaten olives all my life (love them in fact) - I'm now almost 45. A few years ago, I had my gallbladder removed in what was almost considered emergency surgery. The medical community may have found some evidence that it can help prevent gallstones, but I'm not convinced. I think genetics play a much bigger part in the production of gallstones than anyone may realize - both my parents and one sibling all had gallstones requiring removal of the gallbladder and popping a stone out of the gallbladder nearly killed my mother. We all love olives.
I also think gallbladder problems go undiagnosed a LOT. My mother had problems with her stomach for years and it was attributed to diverticulitis until she ended up in the hospital with a gallstone lodged in a bad spot in her intestinal tract. A friend was having back pain and spent a week in the hospital having millions of tests run only to be sent home with no diagnosis. I asked her if they had done a gallbladder function test and after checking with the doctor, I hear back from her after gallbladder surgery confirming that it had not been one of the tests done in the hospital.
OK - off my soapbox - I love olive oil and will continue to use it - the health benefits just make it that much better.
- 4/22/2010 12:29:48 PM