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SOURDOUGHGIRL Posts: 1,929
2/5/09 10:37 P

Isn't that interesting that apples are used to treat both constipation and diarrhea? The key is the form of the food. Raw apples are good for constipation as long as you eat the peels for the fibers. Cooked or baked apples are good for diarrhea. The cooking process softens the cellulose and provides bulk to the feces. That's why we use BRAT (banana, white rice, applesauce, and white toast) diet when our kids got diarrhea.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 27,086
2/5/09 8:24 P

for the typical, healthy adult...apples are not constipating. I would not make this a generalized statement.
However, everyone does have individual food tolerance issues.
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Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 2/5/2009 (20:24)
HEALTHNUTTOX Posts: 547
2/5/09 3:45 P

soft apples, like cortland and macintosh, can cause that to happen for me.
but hard/crisper apples, like Fuji, braeburn or pink lady seem to be fine for me.
try having some fat like peanut butter with it and some water and see if that helps

JESSAND Posts: 79
2/5/09 1:55 P

fiber (such as in apples) makes up the "Bulk" of our...waste, and the the liquids we take in make it...come out more easily. so if you are upping your fiber, make sure you are getting plenty of liquids as well, because taking in tons of fiber without liquids can make you constipated.

SUNNYD76 Posts: 1,457
2/5/09 12:49 P

Actually, my DH's gastroenterologist told him that for some people apples can cause constipation and for some people it causes the opposite.



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2/5/09 12:45 P

Did you go from eating hardly any fiber to eating a lot? This can cause constipation. If this is the case, try lowering your fiber again and then ease into the higher intake.

The whole apples are giving you this problem thing doesn't make sense though because apples DO have fiber which is supposed to HELP your natural...process. Like I said, if you're getting TOO much fiber, this can be the issue.

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2/5/09 12:45 P

Did you go from eating hardly any fiber to eating a lot? This can cause constipation. If this is the case, try lowering your fiber again and then ease into the higher intake.

The whole apples are giving you this problem thing doesn't make sense though because apples DO have fiber which is supposed to HELP your natural...process. Like I said, if you're getting TOO much fiber, this can be the issue.

Consistancy, consistancy, consistancy! That's my new motto.

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2/5/09 12:42 P

That doesn't make any sense. Apples are full of water and fibre.

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SHERRIEL079 Posts: 25
2/5/09 12:40 P

Hi. I am having trouble with my fiber intake, and my doctor told me apples are constipating. Is this true?? I love granny smith apples and don't want to have to give them up. Help...confused!!

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