There’s a lot of discussion about whether eggs cause constipation, are good for it or constipation neutral. Are you good to go when you eat eggs or are you left sitting and waiting for the mood to strike and something to happen in the bathroom? If you have egg intolerance, it could give you diarrhea or give you respiratory problems and anaphylaxis, but we’re talking about people who don’t have that response to eggs.
Eggs are low in fiber, which helps you go.
Fiber helps you avoid constipation. Soluble fiber creates a gel that keeps your stool soft and insoluble fiber adds bulk to the stool. If you ate a significant amount of eggs without eating fiber rich foods, you might not find it easy to have success in the bathroom. Limit the number of eggs you eat if you’re just eating eggs. Otherwise, combine them with foods higher in fiber to offset the low, 0.75% fiber in eggs, which is equal to zero grams of fiber.
Whether your diet contains eggs or not, a low fiber diet can cause constipation.
Eggs are just one type of low fiber food, there are many others. You need a minimum amount of 25 grams per day if you’re a woman and 38 grams if you’re a male. Other foods that are low in fiber include white bread, white rice, well cooked vegetables with seeds and skins removed, fish, dairy, poultry, bananas, fish and meat. If you’re on a low residue diet that’s prescribed for issues in the bowels and small intestines, then eggs and other low fiber foods can help.
If you have constipation, should you avoid eggs completely?
At one time, doctors regularly prescribed a high fiber diet for constipation and it worked in many cases. However, it didn’t work for everyone. A newer study showed that some people on a high fiber diet were helped with their constipation when they switched to a very low fiber diet. The 63 participants in the study were middle-aged and severely constipated, but the cause was unknown. They had normal colons and did not have colon surgery. The 63 participants abstained from eating fiber for two weeks and then chose a diet, high fiber, non-fiber or reduced fiber. At the end of six months, the 41 patients who ate no fiber and the 16 patients on a reduced fiber diet showed significant improvements with the problem.
- The definition of chronic constipation is difficulty to pass stools that persists for weeks or longer or having fewer than three bowel movements in a week.
- If constipation is a frequent problem and you’re not getting enough fiber, you can still include eggs in your diet by adding high fiber foods to the mix. Whole grains, most fruit, greens, beans, vegetables like broccoli and nuts and seeds are good choices.
- One food that will probably get you going is a prune. Prunes not only provide fiber, but they also contain chlorogenic acid, that causes the muscles lining the large and small intestines to contract. If you eat more than two or three at a time, they’ll probably cause gas.
- If you’re having problems with chronic constipation, always check with your health care professional first to make sure it’s not something more serious than a problem with your diet.
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