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Readers Respond: What Foods Do You Avoid When You Have Diarrhea?

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Updated October 11, 2012

When you have diarrhea, it is hard to know what to eat. It is also important to know what not to eat. It may seem like common sense to avoid eating a bowl of spicy chili, but maybe you didn't know that diet soda might aggravate your symptoms. Find out what foods other people avoid when they have diarrhea and share your experience regarding foods that have the potential for making you feel worse. Name the Culprit!

dairy

I find dairy really does a number on my stomach so I avoid it.
—Guest Robin

Eggs

I dearly love eggs, but whenever I eat them I take a chance that diarrhea will occur, so I most definitely would not eat eggs or most dairy products if I already was suffering with diarrhea. That would be cruel to a body that needs to recuperate.
—Guest lila

Flaxseed

I normally have flaxseed on my cereal each morning. But when diarrhea starts, the flaxseed is the first thing I cut out. I hate that I can't always benefit from the health benefits of flaxseed, but I can't take the risk that it is going to make my IBS-D worse.
—Guest powergirl

certain things i can't eat

I can not eat hot dogs, chicken fried steak or hashbrowns, I can't have frosting, boiled eggs or capachino theese certain foods will give me a big painful gas ache and then I need to get to the bathroom and it sucks :(
—Guest coleen

Foods that hurt!

Here's my list of no-no foods: Milk- even though I love it Coffee Cereal Broccoli Fried chicken Ice cream Cake Citric fruits Lettuce Pizza Cheesesteaks Mexican food Any beans Cheese The list goes on but I can't think of anything else. I'm still learning what to, and not to eat.
—Guest Mark

chocolates and sweets

When i eat these things my stomach gets upset just after six hrs.
—Guest nurshma. joh

Chillies!

Chillies are the devils toe. Within 12 hours of eating any chilli based food, I will have painful diarrhea and of course a ring of fire.
—Guest Adam

dimond

Thanx for all the tips I will take them aboard because its the only way I will get ride of these killing pains cus I am only 14
—Guest mayha

Lettuce Coffee Popcorn Chocolate

All of these things are my triggers. I am undiagnosed but I always end up with diarrhea from these.
—Guest Ember

Eggs and sugar

Immediate or the next day, eggs give me diarrhea. Coffee used to, but hasn't for years. Anything greasy aggravates my IBS. Too many sugary sweets or cereals gives me horrid gas.
—Guest Patricia

Dairy is daring!

Anything dairy based I must avoid and most definitely cannot eat lettuce or gassy veggies like that!
—Guest mmmmmfaae

Cauliflower and broccoli!

Any gaseous veggies, some dairy. I stay away from ice cream!! Any fancy drinks from Starbucks.
—Guest Hershey squirt

My Enemies

Anything fried gives me diarrhea. Beans, chili and eggs also. Basically anything that tastes good :)
—Guest Hails

cold press juice

I juiced kale, celery, cucumber, apple and drank the remaining 1litre 48 hours later after storing it in the fridge. could it be the juice that went off that is causing my frequent toilet trips for 3 days now or my excessive drinking or both?
—Guest Art

eggs

Any eggs bother my IBS if I don't get terrible diarrhea I get gas that hurts very bad, boiled eggs are 10 x's the gas. I can eat egg beaters, or just egg whites and take beano and then I don't get the runs. I can't have beans, red meat, fried anything, chocolate anything, no caffeine, no artificial sweeteners, only clear soda. The best thing I can have at night is cinnamon apple tea (has chamomile) and animal crackers. It calms my stomach down for the night. No wheat anything, no brown rice or whole grains. I can eat White rice, broiled chicken and fish, cooked green beans, peas ( with beano) small servings of cooked spinach, applesauce, toast, yams ( sweet potatoes and pumpkin stop diarrhea in dogs) pumpkin, ground turkey (white meat only) I can have pasta with turkey tomato sauce, activia and greek yogurt, toast with margarine or jelly, egg beaters, English muffins (they are less carbs for my diabetes) home-made cooked apples, cooked carrots, cooked mushrooms, crackers soup.
—Guest montique

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