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What NOT To Eat When You Have Diarrhea

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Diarrhea is typically caused by a rapid increase in bowel movements so you do not want to make it even worse by eating food you are not supposed to ingest.

Here are some food that you should not eat at all when you have diarrhea:

Dried Fruits

If you do not usually eat high-fiber foods like dried fruits, do not eat dried fruits as it can cause intestinal gas, constipation and abdominal cramping.

Fatty Food

Steer clear of fatty food as it is known that the body finds it tough to absorb fat compared to other food and thus can clog the intestines.

Oily and Fried Food

Fried chicken or fish might seem like the easiest food you can cook but oil and gravy will only intensify the labor duties that your already overworked digestive organs are doing.


Alcohol, in itself, can already cause diarrhea so just that is already one good reason to keep any alcoholic drinks away from you. Alcohol is known to cause the loss of body fluids and dehydration is not something you want when you still have not recovered.


This might not be known to everyone but sugar can actually cause diarrhea and is one of the most difficult compounds to digest so consuming sugary desserts and sweet pies is not a good idea when your stomach is already working overtime.

Caffeinated Drinks

Fend off any offers of coffee or cola as caffeine serves as diuretics, known for its dehydrating properties, which you do not want if you have diarrhea. Drink water instead to keep you hydrated all day.

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Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage

Fruits and vegetables might seems like a must during bouts of diarrhea because they contain lots of fiber but you should also avoid vegetables like beans, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower as they increase the production of intestinal gas.

Dairy Products

You might think that the probiotics in dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese, cream and butter would help in the treatment of diarrhea but they do not, actually. When the human body is suffering from diarrhea, the body tends to go temporarily lactose intolerant. If you really want to eat some yoghurt, choose probiotic-rich yoghurt.

Candy and Gum

Both candy and sugar contain sugar alcohols like mannitol and sorbitol that are known to make diarrhea worse. These are present even in the sugar-free varieties so you might want to avoid them while you have diarrhea.

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