Can strawberries cause diarrhea? (+3 tips)

In this article, we will answer the question “Can strawberries cause diarrhea?”, and what are the health benefits of strawberries?

Can strawberries cause diarrhea?

Yes, strawberries can cause diarrhea. Strawberries are fiber-packed and are very effective in constipation. Loose stools or diarrhea result only when strawberries are consumed in large quantities. 

On average, a single cup serving of sliced strawberries contains about 3.3 grams of fiber. According to the USDA. the healthy daily intake of fiber for women is 25 grams while It is 38 grams for men.

Strawberries are high in salicylates

Salicylates are present in a rich amount in strawberries. These organic compounds need to be eliminated from the body as a part of the detoxification process. Its removal depends upon the activity of an enzyme. 

If you eat a lot of strawberries, or you consume too many salicylates than your body can handle, you will experience an allergic response reflected in bloating and diarrhea. Fruits like blackberries, blueberries, dates, and cherries are also rich in these compounds.

Diarrhea- A common symptom of food poisoning 

Food poisoning is not limited to meat or dairy products. Consuming contaminated fruits and vegetables can also result in diarrhea. Diarrhea is the most common symptom of any fungal, bacterial, or viral infection. 

Strawberries might have come in contact with feces or soil form which they might have picked up pathogenic bacteria. When you do not wash your strawberries properly before eating, you experience diarrhea as a result of food poisoning. So what did we learn here? Always wash your produce before consumption.

For those with chronic diarrhea 

If you are suffering from chronic diarrhea and your body responded with an allergic reaction after consuming strawberries, you should consult your healthcare provider. Because there could be a lot going wrong with your digestive system.

Allergic reactions to strawberries 

Strawberry allergy is not common but it exists. People allergic to strawberries will experience allergic symptoms like stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting about 2 hours after consuming the fruit. Consult your healthcare provider If you think you have a strawberry allergy.

Fructose digestion and possible intolerance 

An intolerance of fruit sugar or fructose results in poor digestion and absorption by the small intestine. The undigested fructose moves to the large intestine and is fermented by the gut bacteria. 

As a result of which an individual experiences symptoms like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and stomach pain. Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders often suffer from fructose intolerance. 

People with irritable bowel syndrome should consume the FODMAP diet. Avoid your intake of strawberries to 1-2 ½ cup servings per day If you are on a low-fructose diet.

Nutrition facts of strawberries 

The following nutrients apply to 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of raw strawberries.

Calories 32
Water 91%
Carbohydrates  7.7 grams (7.7%)
Fats 0.3 grams (0.3%)
Proteins 0.7 grams (0.7%)
Sugar 4.9 grams
Fiber  2 grams

Health benefits of strawberries 

Heart health  

The anthocyanins in berries including strawberries have been found to reduce the risk of heart diseases, blood pressure and improving HDL and blood platelet function. In addition to this, 

  • Strawberries provide a rich amount of antioxidants
  • Reduce the oxidative stress
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve vascular function
  • improve your blood lipid profile by reducing the LDL or the bad cholesterol whilst improving the HDL or good cholesterol.
  • reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol which produces harmful compounds

Blood sugar regulation 

Irregular blood sugar levels often result due to the consumption of high-sugar diets and may lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. 

Strawberries reduce the metabolism of glucose whilst reducing the spike of both glucose and insulin in the blood. Strawberries can help prevent metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Cancer prevention

Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress can cause cancer. Berries including strawberries have the ability to defend against oxidative stress and inflammation. 

Such protective and anti-cancerous properties of strawberries may be ascribed to the ellagic acid and ellagitannins.

How to choose strawberries?

Look for bright red berries 

Pick the strawberries with an unfirm bright red color from top to bottom. Strawberries do not ripen after harvesting so choose carefully.

Look for fresh green leaves

The more fresh and bright green the leaves are, the fresher the strawberries are harvested. Rejected strawberries with wilted leaves.

Look for plumped and mold-free berries 

Reject berries that are dry, shrunken, or shriveled. Inspect the berries for mold.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can strawberries cause diarrhea?”, and what are the health benefits of strawberries?

References

https://www.livestrong.com/article/463842-how-can-strawberries-affect-your-bowels/
https://gutadvisor.com/can-strawberries-cause-diarrhea/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/strawberries#nutrition
https://www.myfearlesskitchen.com/how-to-choose-strawberries/

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.

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