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5 foods that can cause constipation

5 foods that can cause constipation

Do you suffer from congested bowels? It could just be what you eat. These 5 foods cause constipation.

Ai, we all know how annoying and painful it is when you have a hard time going to the toilet. But how is it possible that you constantly have intestinal complaints? There are several types of food that can contribute to this. That is why we have worked it out for you below, so that you know exactly which foods you should avoid if you have bowel problems.

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1. Dairy

That cheese board may look delicious, but if you have problems with your intestines, you might want to leave it alone. Casein, a protein that can be found in dairy products, cannot be digested equally well by everyone. This causes intestinal problems such as constipation when you have enjoyed, for example, a bowl of ice cream or a selection of delicious cheeses. Do you suffer from a lactose intolerance? Then eating dairy can have the opposite effect and you will spend a lot of time on the toilet.

2. Microwave meals, frozen meals and prepackaged foods

It's of course very easy to quickly heat something up if you've had a long day or suddenly get eaters over the floor, but you may have to think twice before turning on the microwave. Microwave meals, frozen meals and prepackaged foods generally contain a lot of fat, salt and sugar, but little protein. Too much salt causes your cells to retain fluid, so your intestines don't have enough fluids to push your stool to the exit. Therefore, take a good look at the labels on the products you want to buy before you put them in your shopping basket.

3. Fried food

Sometimes you can't avoid driving through the drive-thru (or you just can't resist the temptation, we get it). But many fried foods, such as French fries or croquettes, are not so good for your gastrointestinal tract. These foods contain little fiber and a lot of fat and salt. This makes it more difficult for your body to process them and therefore they are more difficult to digest. Also, these types of foods can make your bowel movements a lot harder, making it more painful to go to the toilet. Perhaps it is wise to avoid fried snacks for the time being…

4. Refined grains

Refined grains, such as white bread, crackers, pasta and white rice, may be better avoided if you don't want intestinal complaints. These products can clog things up considerably, because they contain little fiber and a lot of gluten, which many people are sensitive to. In fact, constipation is one of the most common side effects of gluten sensitivity. Therefore, opt for whole-grain products when making rice or pasta dishes and skip the white bread for lunch.

5. Saturated fats

Although it is healthy to have certain fats in your diet, it seems that we often eat too many 'bad' fats. A diet that contains a lot of saturated fats can cause constipation more quickly and that is of course the last thing you want. So try not to overuse products such as fatty beef or pork and tropical oils (such as coconut oil and palm oil). Your gut will thank you for that!