Myth or Fact : Do Bananas Cause Constipation?

Constipation has become a common problem in almost everyone’s life. It’s so common that now most of us almost think of it as routine issue. People who are affected by constipation usually feel bloated and uneasy. They may feel discomfort and find it difficult to pass stool easily. According to a popular survey done by a global marketing research agency, it was found that almost 14% of India’s urban population were found to be suffering from chronic constipation.

What causes constipation?

Bad lifestyle choices should be counted as the main culprit that has given rise to the problem of constipation. Some of the causative factors that can certainly be blamed are junk food consumption, smoking, drinking less water, lack of exercise and overeating.

What relieves Constipation?

Simple lifestyle changes like

  • Adding more fibre to diet
  • Drinking more water
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Avoiding processed foods
  • Avoiding refined flour

Can surely help relieve the I’ll effects of constipation and even help you avoid it in the long run.

Can you trust bananas?

However there are some foods that come in the gray area. They are often recommended to cure constipation but many people at the same time blamed them causing constipation as well.

One such food is banana.

Your grandmother, mother or any concerned family member must have sometime in your life suggested, that you should eat bananas to get some relief from constipation. At the same time, someone must have told you to do the opposite, which is to stay away from bananas in order to avoid constipation.

Yes, bananas are the most popular home remedy to cure constipation for all age groups. Bananas are seasonless fresh fruits available for us round the year and people widely believe that bananas relieve constipation. However, there are also many people that believe bananas do just the opposite of the same.

What is the truth?

Answer to this question lies in the ripeness and color of the banana.

1. Ripe or Yellow bananas help get relief from Constipation

Yellow bananas have significant amounts of both soluble fibre that can be digested by the digestive system. Bananas also contain dietary fiber (pectin), which draws water from the intestines toward the stool. When you eat fiber-rich foods, fibre moves to the large bowel without being digested. Dietary fibre absorbs water so if you drink water after eating banana, the fibre in the banana absorbs water and swells up in the large intestine. It makes the stool soft and bulky. The soft stool is easy to pass through thus gives relief from constipation.

2. Unripe or Green bananas cause Constipation

The content of insoluble fibre is high in unripe bananas. If you eat a green banana and don’t drink enough water after eating it, then the fibre will form a hard bulk in the intestine. This will make it difficult to pass, thus causing constipation. If you eat large amounts of banana and don’t drink enough water, they can make your stools hard and bulky. The exact same logic applies for other fiber-rich foods as well. Too much of anything is bad and our body needs everything in moderation.

So now you know which banana to choose. When it comes to relieving constipation.

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