What food items to Avoid in Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common medical problem, especially in the developing countries. One should be careful in selecting diet for diarrhea for speedy recovery. In general during severe diarrhea foods with high fiber content should be avoided, as they increase the bulk of the stool. Diet with low fiber content should be selected during diarrhea to reduce purging. Diarrhea diet also should have enough protein, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins and mineral to maintain good nutrition.

Foods to be ideally avoided during severe diarrhea:

Whole cereals (such as whole wheat flour, but well cooked rice can be taken) and whole cereal based products, pulses, raw vegetables (especially salads) and fruits, fried foods (with high content of fats and fats are not completely digested during diarrhea), nuts, spicy foods (like pickles), milk and milk products including milk based beverages etc. should be avoided during severe diarrhea.

Vegetables to be avoided during diarrhea are peas, beans, raw vegetables such as used in salads (cabbage, cucumber, carrot etc.). Fruits to be avoided during severe diarrhea are apple, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, guava etc.

Food to be taken in liberal amount during severe diarrhea:

Cereals and vegetables– Refined cereals like rice, bread, noodles, and macaroni. Vegetables like potato, eggplant etc.

Animal products– Eggs (properly boiled egg is easy to digest, but raw or improperly boiled egg is difficult to digest), chicken, fish in liberal amounts.

Fruits-Fruit juices and fruits like banana and papaya should be taken in large amounts during severe diarrhea. Bananas contain high iron in it and cause hardening of stool which is beneficial during diarrhea.

Other foods to be consumed during severe diarrhea are any type of soup, curd (but not milk) and custard with banana should be consumed during diarrhea.

Important note for diarrhea patients:

If you are suffering from severe diarrhea drink plenty of fluid (preferably WHO or world health organization ORS available in the nearest medical store) and take blend diet frequently (at least every few hours).

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