Are bananas good for constipation is a question worth concern? The concern in a sense – it depends! Do you think so? Bananas are delicious indeed but aren’t you making it an excuse that they are good for constipation just because you love it? Just kidding! Yes, they are tasty as well as very healthy too! You can read the constipating foods list here to know what foods to avoid when constipated.
Source Of Various Nutrients
Banana, be it ripe or unripe is an abundant source of different nutrients necessary for healthy living. A banana has surprising health benefits which most of us don’t know.
Apart from being an excellent source of potassium, bananas act in a ton of other ways to make you both look and feel good. The act of US food and drugs association of letting the banana industry to make official medically beneficial claims like pharmaceutical industries proves how much useful bananas are to your health.
Incredible For Constipation
Coming to the central question, a straight answer to the question is ‘YES.’ Bananas are beneficial for constipation given the fact that you are fit to consume enough bananas to a certain amount so that it can act upon to cure constipation.
In other words, because bananas contain a lot of natural sugar, it can be harmful if too much of ripe bananas are consumed, especially if you have diabetes. (The more the ripe the banana is, the more sugar it contains). However, studies show that it is still not as harmful as other sweets like candy. Moreover, Ripe bananas are among the best foods that relieve constipation.
So if you don’t have diabetes, you can quickly consume bananas, and they are sure to add to the bulk of your diet so that it can travel smoothly through your digestive system eventually giving smoother bowel movements.
And if you have diabetes, it is advised to skip having too much very ripe bananas as they can spike up your blood sugar level.
Bananas are a perfect natural fiber. A medium sized banana can contain 3.1 grams of fiber. Ripe bananas are going to help you out of constipation to a certain extent. There have been a lot of studies carried out to find out whether or not bananas help to give relief from constipation and the results are mixed. Some say that the natural laxatives present in bananas helps provide relief from constipation while other warns that a banana of certain level of ripeness can add to the cause of the same.
Do Bananas Cause Diarrhea
No, bananas do not cause diarrhea, rather bananas relieve diarrhea by controlling the bowel movement. But again it should not be taken in excess amount.
Do Bananas Cause Constipation In Babies
It holds the same for babies too. The unripe bananas can lead to severe constipation so it is better to avoid them. However, babies can be given ripen bananas on alternate days.
The Bottom Line
So if someone asks do bananas make you constipated or poop then say them it depends whether the banana is ripened or unripened. if you are too much obsessed with what research or science has to say regarding your consumption of bananas, then you might be utterly confused.
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Being a Fruit, a creation of nature and above all a tasty treat is enough to consider bananas as good, but if you are skeptic whether you should or shouldn’t consume bananas, then all I have to say is it depends on you.
There is no such edible in this world that is potentially harmful if consumed within limits, so how can a banana be harmful? With this said you could surely go for having bananas to get relief from constipation, but you must consider the side effects too if you fail in the side-effects-zone of banana consumption.
A Professional Naturopath, Yoga Teacher & Therapist at Arogya Yogshala Dhanbad. I have studied in Uttrakhand Sanskrit University and have been teaching Yoga and Naturopathy for the last 6 years. I believe nature has a cure for everything and Yoga means addition – the addition of energy, strength, and beauty to body, mind and soul. I love to share health facts, natural home remedies and best yoga asanas that can make your life easier and happier.