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EATING FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR and saturated fats appear to cause gallstones, clumps of cholesterol that can cause serious abdominal pain. In a recent Italian study, people who ate 400 calories worth of sugar in desserts and soft drinks daily were three times more likely to develop gallstones than those whose sugar intake was 260 calories a day. Currently, Americans average approximately 320 calories from refined sugar each day.

Consuming 25 grams of saturated fat daily (easy to do if you eat meat and whole-fat dairy products) also increases the risk for gallstone formation. Since gallstones have long been linked with obesity, these findings may be an important reason to watch your weight and to replace high-fat sweets with fresh fruits.

Another reason many people develop gallstones? Yo-yo diets that result in temporary weight loss not only increase the incidence of gallstones but raise the likelihood of needing gall bladder surgery as much as 70 percent, according to a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Sugar Implicated in Gallstone Formation," Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter, 4/99

"'Yo-yo' Dieting Raises Gallstone Risk," Reuters Health News, 3/16/99
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