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What Fruits Cause Diarrhea?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
What Fruits Cause Diarrhea?
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If you find your stomach making bizarre sounds and feel the need to sprint to the bathroom, it's possible that you ate something that didn't agree with you. Although fruits should be a staple of your diet because of their vast array of health benefits, some types of fruit can lead to diarrhea. Everyone reacts to fruit differently; the fruit that gives your spouse diarrhea might not lead to any side effects for you.

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Fruit Might Not Be the Cause

According to MedlinePlus, diarrhea commonly occurs because of an illness such as the stomach flu or due to eating bacteria-laden foods. The organization doesn't cite eating fruits as a common cause of diarrhea. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, however, reports that a high-fiber diet can lead to diarrhea. Many fruits have high fiber content that can potentially cause you to have diarrhea, although no medical organizations recognize certain fruits as being particularly likely to cause diarrhea.

High-Fiber Fruits

The ability of a certain type of fruit to give you diarrhea depends on the fruit's fiber content and how much of it you eat. In general, moderate consumption of fruits, including those high in fiber, shouldn't result in diarrhea. Fruits that are notably high in fiber include apples, apricots, figs, mangoes, oranges, pears, plums, strawberries and raspberries. One cup of raspberries, for example, provides more than 3 grams of fiber, which could be about 10 percent of your recommended daily intake of fiber, depending on your gender.

Skip the Fruit

If you experience diarrhea, consider decreasing your intake of high-fiber foods, and particularly those with a high content of insoluble fiber. This type of fiber, which is prevalent in all fruits but especially high in fruits such as apples, pears and raspberries, causes your digested food to move through your digestive system rapidly. These fruits might worsen your diarrhea or cause it to last longer.

Steps to Take

You don't necessarily have to visit your doctor upon realizing that you have diarrhea, but you should drink water to lessen the risk of becoming dehydrated. If you notice that the diarrhea worsens after certain foods, including fruits, eliminate them from your diet until the symptoms of the diarrhea disappear. Call your doctor if the diarrhea doesn't improve within five days.

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