(Dietary) Fiber is plant matter that is not able to be fully digested by humans.

Not all fruits, vegetables, and fiber is created alike and the following may give you a hint as to what fruits and vegetables you might be able to tolerate and which you might not. Some of you suffer from constipation. Others of you suffer from diarrhea. Which fruits and vegetables might work for you based upon that? Let's look at the different forms of fiber for a possible hint. Note some are high in BOTH:

Soluble Fiber

In your digestive track, soluble fiber turns into a gel by absorbing water and SLOWS DOWN your digestion. If you suffer from diarrhea, you MAY benefit from eating fruits and vegetables high in soluble fiber. As always, you have to test for yourself, I'm simply trying to help connect some of the dots.

Fruit and vegetables high in soluble fiber: carrots, celery, oatmeal, strawberries, flax seeds, oats, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, nuts, beans, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers.

Insoluble Fiber

In your digestive track, insoluble fiber has a laxative effect. It does not dissolve in water and speeds things up which might not be too good if you have chronic diarrhea.

Fruits and vegetables high in insoluble fiber: cabbage, whole wheat, whole grains, zucchini, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, celery, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.

Again, this is just for your information. Don't go and eat 3 bushels of grapes if you are constipated. If you're aware of fruits and veggies that work and don't work for you and they fit into these groups nicely, it might simply help you figure out others that do and do not work for you.

A Low Residue Diet is sometimes recommended for people with IBD in order to reduce the frequency of bowel movements a patient is experiencing. One of the main tenets of the diet is to eat low fiber foods.


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