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Foods that lead to constipation

Constipation refers to bowel movement that are infrequent and are hard to pass. Constipation can be caused or exacerbated by a low fibre diet, low liquid intake, or dieting. If

you're having trouble with constipation, avoid these five foods

 

1. Chocolate

A chocolate free diet is a must for all those suffering from the irritable bowel syndrome. It is believed that the large amounts of fat in chocolate can slack the digestion process. It can substantially reduce or slow down muscle contractions (peristalsis) and thus foods moving through the bowel. In a random study, researcher asked people who had constipation to name the foods they thought caused it. Chocolate was mentioned most recurrently.

 

2. Dairy Products

Dairy products is another such food item that can affect the bowel movement if taken in large quantities. Milk and cheese can cause many people to become constipated. This could be a combination of things and not just “dairy itself”. The lactose in the dairy can lead to flatulence, bloating and cause gas in the stomach. That can make you feel even worse if things aren't getting out of your system.

 

Another study among children between 1 to 13 age group found that dairy products could be the cause of their constipation. Almost all the children (80 percent) who eliminated cow's milk and milk products from their diet had more regular bowel movements.

 

3. Red Meat

Red meat is not the best thing to consume for more reasons than one. This includes the fact that eating a lot of it can make you constipated. A number of things make red meat constipating, it’s high in fat, so it takes longer for the digestive tract to process it. It also has tough protein fibres that can be difficult for your stomach to digest. Also, red meat is rich in iron, which can be constipating. It is best to therefore limit your intake of red meat.

 

4. Bananas

It’s a mix up when we need to find an answer to whether bananas are good for constipation or not. Essentially it’s a matter of timing really; Unripe bananas can cause constipation; Ripe bananas can help relieve constipation. Green bananas cause constipation because they still have a lot of starch, which can be hard for the body to digest. Bananas also contain pectin (fibre) that draws water from the intestines toward the stool. And low water content in the body will aggravate the problem of constipation.

 

5. Caffeine

Like bananas, caffeine can go either ways. Caffeine is a stimulant that can make have more bowel movements. But if you're dehydrated, you may find that the caffeine in coffee, black tea, and chocolate only makes you more constipated.