20 Types Of Food That May Help You Deal With Constipation

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Statistics show that 14% of people across the globe experience constipation every year, 42 million of which are Americans. While bowel movements vary from person to person, on average, if you have three or less bowel movements weekly, that means that you are constipated.
For some, constipation is a result of a medical condition, dehydration, mental disorders, or possibly because of certain medications that they are taking. But for most, it’s a result of what they are choosing to consume, or in this particular article, what they are choosing not to eat. Thankfully, there are a number of nutritious foods that can help ease constipation issues.
Here’s a look at 20 foods you should be consuming to help with constipation.

1. Prunes

Prunes, which are dried plums, are the most commonly known and popular type of foods that can help ease constipation. Because they contain high amounts of fiber, almost 3 grams per ¼ cup to be exact, the American Heart Association’s Reference Daily Intake (RDI) claims that one serving is already 12% of the fiber needs of an adult. Plus prunes are also rich in sorbitol and fructans, which are fermentable sugars that actually cause a laxative effect, helping people relieve their bowels quicker and easier. Plus they’re incredibly tasty too!