Foods that cause constipation

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1. Overview

A diet low in fiber may cause constipation. Sense of rectal blockage and defecation after more than 24 hours may increase the risk of developing chronic constipation. Once the first symptoms occur, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

Among the factors that contribute to constipation installation are: lack of exercise, routine and use of certain medications. To this add the wrong food choices and inadequate intake of water.


1. Overview
2. Foods that cause constipation
3. Refined and processed foods that cause constipation
4. What types of foods do not cause constipation?
5. Vegetables and legumes

2. Foods that cause constipation

Fibers (both soluble and insoluble) are constitutive parts of plants, fruits or grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and their consistency in the gut, is similar to a viscous liquid or gel.

Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost keeping their original form. Soft texture of fiber helps prevent hard dry stools that are difficult to remove.

A low-fiber diet is the main cause of constipation among older adults. This category of people has a lower interest regarding eating, while restricted incomes and difficulty walking or presence of various medical conditions determine food choices.

Consequently, elderly consume especially low-fiber foods. In addition, in these cases intervene the swallowing or chewing problems that cause older people to eat processed soft foods or low-fiber foods.

A diet low-fiber diet that may cause constipation include:
- Ice cream;
- Cheese;
- Meat;
- Snacks (pizza, chips);
- Processed foods (instant potato pure or frozen foods).

3. Refined and processed foods that cause constipation

Both children and adults often consume refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed. In this category fall many prepackaged foods and snacks.

4. What types of foods do not cause constipation?

Fruits: apples, peaches, raspberries, tangerines, etc.

Vegetables: broccoli (raw), Brussels sprouts (raw), sprouts (raw), carrots (raw), cauliflower (raw), spinach (cooked), pumpkin (raw), etc.

Bread, cereals, beans: black eye beans (cooked), beans (cooked), Lima beans (cooked), whole grains – bran flakes, oatmeal, etc.

5. Vegetables and legumes

Preparation of vegetables and legumes (peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas, etc.) influence the occurrence of constipation. In general, cooked vegetables may contain beta-carbolines which cause constipation. Most vegetables contain high amounts of protein that promotes constipation, but an important role is the amount of fiber component of these vegetables.

Dry beans and grains have large amounts of protein and fiber that does not cause constipation but will probably cause flatulence and cramps. In order not to have problems with digestion will avoid excessive consumption of foods high in fiber, especially insoluble fibers.



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