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Food And Drink And Their Effect On The Digestive System

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Certain foods and liquids are more likely to cause gas, diarrhea, constipation, incomplete digestion or urine odor. Which effect a food will have on you depends on your body. Consider trying different foods, one at a time, to learn about their effect on your body.

Effect Of Food On Gas 

Gas can re reduced by eating and drinking smaller portions of gas-forming foods and liquids. It also helps to not talk while eating and to not drink through a straw.

  • Foods which produce gas are the following: beans, broccoli,  Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, dairy products, dried beans, mushrooms, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, string beans, sweet potatoes, yams and yeast. 
  • Drinks which produce gas are carbonated drinks and beer.
  • Chewing gum also produces gas.

Effect Of Food On Odors 

Some foods increase food odors and others decrease them.

  • Foods which form odors: asparagus, beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cheese, eggs, fish, garlic, onions, peas and turnips. 
  • Drinks which increase odor: alcohol
  • Foods which decrease odors: buttermilk, cranberry juice, tomato juice, orange juice, parsley, and yogurt. 
  • Spearmint decreases odor.

Effect Of Food On Stool thickness 

Some foods tend to thicken stool. Others tend to loosen stool.

  • Stool thickening foods: apple sauce, baked apples, bananas, bread, cheese, creamy peanut butter, marshmallows, pasta, creamy peanut butter, potatoes (without skin), pretzels, pudding, rice, tapioca, yogurt.
  • Stool loosening foods: avocado, beans (black, brown, kidney, lima, lintels, pinto, soy beans), brown rice, chocolate, fiber-rich cereal, fried foods, fruit (apples with skin, grapefruit, papaya, pears, raspberry), grape juice, greasy foods, high sugar foods, highly spiced foods, leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, and spinach), oats, potatoes with skin, prune juice, raw fruits, raw vegetables, spicy foods, string beans, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, wheat pasta, yams.

Foods Which Can Cause Blockage

The following foods can cause blockages if not chewed well: celery, coconut, dried fruits, mushrooms, nuts, popcorn, raw crunchy vegetables.

Substances Which Change The Color Of Stool

  • Beets cause poop to be red
  • Asparagus, broccoli, spinach (and Pepto Bismol) can make stool dark - even black.
  • Bile that cannot be reabsorbed in the intestine can cause a yellow or green stool color, especially when diarrhea or rapid bowel action occurs.

Foods Which Do Not Digest Completely

  • Apple peels, cabbage, celery, coconut, corn, dried fruit, mushrooms, nuts, pineapple, popcorn, seeds, skins from fruits, skins from vegetables

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