Can you eat popcorn when you have diarrhea?

In this article, we are going to answer the question, “can you eat popcorn when you have diarrhea?” We will also talk about the kinds of foods you should not eat when you are suffering from diarrhea. We will then talk about how you should plan your meals when you have diarrhea and the general diet and health precautions to take when you have diarrhea.

Can you eat popcorn when you have diarrhea?

No, it is not recommended to eat popcorn when you have diarrhea. This is because popcorn is made from corn and corn is known to contain a high amount of insoluble fiber. 

Fiber cannot be broken down into small units by digestive enzymes, hence mostly comes out of the gut barely unchanged. Generally, a fibrous diet is encouraged when one is suffering from the opposite health complication, which is constipation. 

When one has constipation, fibrous foods serve as laxatives by absorbing water and increasing colonic motility (bowel movements). 

What is diarrhea and what causes diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a medical condition that is marked by the passage of loose or watery stools at an irregular frequency. Usually, diarrhea is caused by eating contaminated food that is being affected by either a parasite, virus, or bacteria. 

It can also be triggered by eating too much of a wrong diet such as consuming too much fiber. When this happens the bowels cease to function properly leading to diarrhea. 

The symptoms of diarrhea involve the passage of loose stools characterized by dehydration, dry skin, rapid heartbeat, and body weakness.

What are the foods that should be eaten in limited quantities when one is having diarrhea?

The following foods should be eaten in moderation when one is having diarrhea

  •  Fruit pulps: Fibrous fruits should be avoided as much as possible when one is suffering from diarrhea. Eating too much fruit pulps such as mangoes, fruit, and pineapple would, without doubt, contribute to the intestinal bulk matter thus aggravating the situation of a diarrhea patient.
  • Dairy products such as sweetened milk should be eaten in limited quantities. Apart from lactose intolerance issues, dairy products are capable of causing other digestive disorders that can lead to diarrhea.
  • Highly fatty foods should be limited. The digestion of fatty foods is a cumbersome process, when one is suffering from diarrhea, the digestive system is not working efficiently. Hence, eating fatty foods will just make the situation worse.
  • Highly processed sugary foods such as biscuits and pastries should be eaten in negligible amounts. When one takes in too much sugar, it causes the digestive tract to produce more water, which leads to watery stools.
  • Foods such as oat and wheat should be eaten in moderation. Oat and wheat contain high fiber as well as gluten, which is intolerable to the gut of most people. This can  easily lead to diarrhea.

What foods should be consumed when one has diarrhea?

  • A diarrhea patient should eat well-cooked foods and whole grains with moderate fiber content. Vegetables should be adequately cooked to make their digestion easier. Vegetables such as lettuce can be taken by parboiling them.
  • Foods such as rice and yam can be consumed ensuring that one doesn’t include too much oil in them.
  • Fried meat and chicken can be consumed moderately.
  • Boiled eggs can be eaten instead of fried eggs. One can also consume foods such as doughnuts, and pancakes with tea as breakfast. 
  • Foods rich in tannins should be included in one’s diet. Tannins are polyphenolic secondary metabolites found in most teas especially black tea, tannins have antimicrobial activities and also coagulating abilities, hence they can help in stopping diarrhea. Fruits such as psidium guajava ( guava) also have complex tannins in them with remarkable antimicrobial and anti-diarrhea activities. For details click here

Are there other health precautions worth observing when one is suffering from diarrhea?

  • Yes, a diarrhea patient should drink enough water and fruit juice with high electrolytes such as orange juice, to replenish the lost fluids and energize the body.
  • A person with diarrhea should avoid overeating in general. Overeating halts enzymatic reactions which will contribute more to indigestion, hence the passage of more watery stools.
  • A diarrhea patient should avoid eating many food combinations in large amounts. Eating different kinds of foods haphazardly within a short space of time in a day would just confuse and overburden the digestive system. This will complicate the situation of a person suffering from diarrhea.

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In this brief discussion, we have given a response to the question, “can you eat popcorn when you have diarrhea?” We have also discussed what diarrhea is and what causes diarrhea. We mentioned the foods that should be taken in limited amounts by a person suffering from diarrhea and finally, the general precautions that should be taken to ensure the well-being of a diarrhea patient.

We hope that this blog is relevant to you. Please, we are available to answer any further questions on this blog.


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