Myths and Facts: Why Fiber Isn’t Always the Answer for Constipation

By Hannah de Gruchy / Lifestyle / May 9th, 2023

Could fibre be causing your constipation?

Aside from staying well hydrated, what’s the one thing we’ve always held to be true when it comes to keeping our bowels healthy and preventing constipation? That’s right – eating more fibre!

Possibly the least glamorous of all the nutrients, fibre, found in fruits and vegetables with edible skins (such as potatoes and apples), wholegrains, beans and pulses, is a nutrient that many of us don’t eat enough of.

If you’re experiencing constipation and you’ve spoken to a medical professional about it, the chances are, they’ve asked about your fibre intake, and suggested that you increase it. Fibre-rich foods are often advised, along with fibre-infused drinks and gels, to help improve and prevent constipation.

But, like all things to do with our health, we’re all different and different advice will work differently for different people. There is now evidence to suggest that advising people to eat more fibre to prevent constipation could be wrong!

There is, it seems, no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to fibre and the frequency of our visits to the toilet. So, let’s take a closer look at fibre and its effects on our digestive tract.


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