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Food can be a cause of constipation

Updated on July 1, 2013

Constipation is the root cause of many diseases and is very common in the countries like Pakistan. The basic reason behind this is food because food plays vital role in health and its maintenance. Most of the people do not pay attention to their diet while taking care of their health. Different foods contain different types of nutrition in them such as fiber, proteins, carbohydrates and many others. It is not necessary that all of them can be digested easily. This is the basic cause of constipation in most of the cases. Having proper awareness can save you from many diseases and their causes such as constipation. This article contains information about foods that cause constipation.

Constipation in babies

Constipation is common in those babies who have just started taking solid food. They haven’t learnt how to force the stool out of the body and their digestive system is not developed yet. Therefore, they cannot force the stool out of the body and tend to hold back in anus. This ultimately leads them towards light constipation. Fruit juices and fluids along with well-cooked soft food should be given to them so that they can easily adjust with the new form of diet.

Constipation in adults

Constipation in adults is different and more complex than babies. Following foods can cause constipation in adults:

1. Red meats

Meat is considered to be the preferred part of diet in the countries like Pakistan. Most of the people take it as a status symbol and less likely to eat vegetables. However, this is not good for health in any way. Fat and protein present in the meat is not easily digested and tend to produce dry stool that causes constipation. This doesn’t mean to quit eating meat but adding vegetables, fruits, and fluids can avoid constipation.

2. Sugar rich foods

Most of the traditional and occasional foods of Pakistan contain sugar in them. Less fluid is present in the sugar containing foods because they are mostly dried while cooking. Heavy intake of sugar on regular basis brings damages to health and cause constipation as well. The reason behind this is same that sugar containing foods have less fluid in them.

3. Dairy products

Dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter are healthy food items but most of them can cause constipation as well. Dairy products mostly contain protein that can produce gas in stomach. Heavy amount of protein is not easy for digestion and more likely to cause constipation especially if there are no exercise or physical activities. Yogurt, however, is containing bacteria in it and helps in bowel movements and getting rid of constipation.

Constipation causing foods for women during pregnancy

Women have to take extra as compared to normal routine life and they cannot do physical activities. In such circumstances, constipation is common during pregnancy. There are certain foods that should be avoided during pregnancy so that you can be safe from constipation. Some of these are given:

  • Greasy foods that include chips, fried chicken, eggs, and sausages contain oil and are difficult to digest. Therefore, these should not be taken during pregnancy.
  • All types of processed foods such as pizza and rolls cause constipation and bad effects to health so you have to avoid them during pregnancy. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and juices are strongly recommended during pregnancy.


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      Junaid Arshad 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanx , follow us ....

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Useful information. Voted up.