Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Do bananas cause constipation?
avatar
An_187399 posted:
Do bananas cause constipation or make it worse?

I have done extensive searches--Google and Google Scholar--and I come up with a few mentions that bananas improve or worsen constipation--very very few from credible sources--just some random articles on dubious sites, from authors with no credentials.

I know they are used as a folk remedy for diarrhea but that does not prove they cause constipation.

I have chronic constipation after colon resection a few yrs ago--physician says to expect this will be permanent. I avoid dairy, meat, and rice because I cannot digest them....but wondering if bananas should go on the list too. (I love bananas.)

Thanks
Reply
 
avatar
cancersucks2011 responded:
bananas acts as the equavalent of a stool softener. That is what mt doctor recommened for my daughters constipation
 
avatar
An_240069 responded:
I was told be my doctor to avoid eating bananas for a while as they may cause constipation. I love bananas too, I eat two for breakfast everyday mixed in with strawberries, grapes, and mangos... Now I have to avoid bananas.


Helpful Tips

giving blood saved my life
My iron count was too low to give blood. This can come from internal bleeding. I jumped my colonoscopy schedule by 2.5 years. They found a ... More
Was this Helpful?
2 of 2 found this helpful

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems to the
Food and Drug Administration

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For more information, visit the Duke Health Gastrointestinal Cancer Center