Bananas & Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, remains a pressing problem for millions of Americans. Brought on by stress and diet, symptoms include chronic diarrhea or constipation. A steady diet of bananas can help curb these symptoms.

Benefits

  • Bananas contain large amounts of soluble fiber, or fiber which easily dissolves in water, and can help digest food in the GI tract effectively but quickly.

Effects

  • Due to its status as a soluble fiber, bananas naturally absorb water in the GI tract and colon, thus helping to prevent diarrhea.

Considerations

  • With mass quantities of soluble fiber pushing through the digestive tract, bananas can also serve as a laxative and help ease constipation.

Convenience

  • Conveniently, bananas can be had any time, day or night, and can be easily added to cereal, bread mixes or entrée dishes.

Health Factors

  • A single banana not only features healthy levels of fiber but large doses of vitamin C and potassium, which can promote overall good digestive health as well.

References

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