There’s nothing comfortable about constipation, and while it can be embarrassing when it does happen, just remember that it’s a common problem. It happens to about 27-percent of adults who will also experience other symptoms like bloating and gas. In fact, the older a person is and or inactive, the more likely they are to suffer from it. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), constipation is defined as having less than three bowel movements in a single week.
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In order to avoid constipation, we should first understand what foods are most likely to cause it. We’ve compiled a list of 13 foods that can cause constipation. Take a look…
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1. Unripe Bananas
The keyword here is unripe because ripe bananas actually have the opposite effect. Ripe bananas can actually help prevent constipation whereas unripe bananas are a known cause. The reason behind this is because “unripe bananas contain more resistant starch, a compound that is harder for the body to digestion,” explains Healthline. As the bananas ripens, “resistant starch is converted into natural sugars, which are much easier to digest.”
Unripe bananas tend to contain higher amounts of tannins, says Healthline, a compound that helps food move through the digestive system.
When examining whether or not a bananas is ripe, check its color. Ripe bananas are usually yellow with some sighs of brown spotting. They should also be very easy to peel.