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High Fiber Diets That Cause Diarrhea

author image Ryan Biddulph
Based in New Jersey, Ryan Biddulph has been writing since 2010, with his articles appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM, among others. He has helped clients reach their personal fitness goals since 2001. He also runs an Internet marketing blog. He holds a Bachelor of Science in meteorology from Kean University and a certificate in Web development from the Cittone Institute.
High Fiber Diets That Cause Diarrhea
Avoid high fiber foods such as broccoli when experiencing diarrhea. Photo Credit Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images


High fiber foods stimulate the bowel, which can cause diarrhea. According to the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, a low fiber diet is better tolerated with diarrhea because it will not stimulate the bowel as much and it will be easier to digest. Limit your intake of dietary fiber to 10 g per day. To treat diarrhea, eat salty foods such as soup and sports drinks and remain hydrated.


According to Cedars-Sinai Hospital, those who suffer from diarrhea should not consume raw fruits. Dried fruits should also be avoided as they are high fiber foods. If you experience diarrhea, seek out low fiber fruits such as applesauce, bananas, canned fruits, fruit juices without pulp and cooked fruits without skin or juices.


Don't eat broccoli, cabbage, radishes and spinach when experiencing diarrhea. These vegetables increase the amount of undigested food that passes through your large intestine, which can causes digestive problems. Choose asparagus, green beans and summer squash as these vegetables are best tolerated by your system. Peel, seed and cook vegetables until they're soft.

Breads And Pastas

Refrain from eating whole grains, oatmeal and shredded wheat. Consume processed foods such as white bread, white rice cakes, pretzels and graham crackers. Pancakes and waffles made with white flour and cornbread are good choices. Most bread products made from refined, white flour are okay to eat when you experience diarrhea. Choose products that have less than 2 g of fiber per serving.


Diarrhea can make you feel weak and dehydrated and can lead to unhealthy weight loss. According to the National Institutes of Health, drink eight to 10 glasses of clear fluid each day when you have diarrhea. Also drink at least 1 cup of fluid each time you have a loose bowel movement.

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