Which Foods to Avoid With Diarrhea? To Eat or Not To Eat

Foods to avoid with diarrhea

The symptoms of diarrhea can either aggravate quickly or dissipate gradually based on what you are eating. Therefore, it can be said that your diet and your diarrhea are interlinked. During diarrhea conditions, your body becomes weak because of the loss of fluids and the essential nourishment. Therefore, much of treatment given during diarrhea is geared towards making sure that the body is properly recharged.

But wait! The foods that you might be thinking of eating can aggravate your conditions.

Many highly fibrous foods are considered to be the healthiest waste eliminators for the body during the healthier times. However, diarrhea is not one of those times. Eat wrong, or drink wrong, and the stools are going to come flushing out with a vengeance. Sooner than later, your body would be in more of an abysmal state than before. Therefore, through this article, we are going to tell you about foods to avoid with diarrhoea.  On the road to your health, you can consider these foods as pits that you need to circumvent if you want to cross that road and become free of the painful symptoms.

Avoid the following foods during diarrhea

As we have already stated, the types of foods that you should avoid are the ones that can aggravate the symptoms. The cause of this aggravation can be one of many things like stomach aggravation or intestinal spasms.These foods are not merely foods, and they are food groups that you need to be watchful about.

1. Dairy products:

No one in this world doesn’t like ice cream, even lactose intolerant kids can’t say no to ice cream. However, if you think that you can eat this during your diarrhea, you can keep on dreaming. Regardless of whether or not you are lactose intolerant, eating foods from this particular category and indulging yourself with cheddar cheese, ice creams, or milk is probably the worst thing you can do to your body. During diarrhea, the amount of lactase that your body produces might be reduced. See, lactase is an enzyme that is responsible for digesting the lactose, the “mild sugar” which is at the centrefold of all the dairy products. When this remains undigested, your body might go through a plethora of symptoms that entail everything from gas and bloating to diarrhea and nausea. Therefore, if you truly want to be cured of your condition in time, you need to stay away from the following products:

  1. Milk or its more concentrated variant, the cream
  2. Ice cream
  3. Cheese
  4. Sour cream
  5. Any other foods that got the word “milk” associated with them.

But, wait! Just like everything in this universe, there is one exception to the rule. Yogurt is amazing food, for it is a probiotic and according to Dr Allan Walker, probiotics can heal the symptoms of diarrhea.

2. Foods that put a major emphasis on fat:

When you are suffering from runny and painful stools, the goal that you should be pursuing is to ensure that the digestion is slowed down in the intestine. This is the only way to ensure that the bowel is made before it is expelled. However, foods with high-fat protein accelerate the intestinal contractions. To give you a better picture, consider the creation of a sausage, you press upon the wrap to push the meat forward into the package. Only, in this case, the meat is being sent out. Considering that your body is already way too sensitive, pushing the semi-digested food forward at an accelerated pace is not good for you, at all. Following foods come under this particular category:

  1. Foods that are chock-full of cream
  2. Foods from a food truck
  3. Greasy foods
  4. Foods that lay special attention on the gravy
  5. Red meats or meats that are more focused on the fatty cuts.

If you have to eat meat, stick with the lean cuts. Even when you are not diarrhea, such foods are going to help you built stamina, but the aforementioned ones would deprive your body of stamina.

3. Sugar-free foods:

If you have diabetes, sugar-free foods are a god sent, but if you have diarrhea, sugar-free foods are Satan’s spawn. Every artificial sweetener, and literally every one, entails laxative properties. This particular property contributes towards you being bloated and gassy. Therefore, until and unless your diarrhea subsides, stay as far away from the following foods as possible:

  1. The diet variants of the soda
  2. Sugar-free candy
  3. Sugar substitutes that you put in the coffee and tea (Critics have said that these can cause cancer.Although, there is no scientific evidence for it, yet)
  4. Sugar-free chewing gum.

4. Foods that can make you gassy:

It is a paradox when you consider that most foods that can make you healthy, are also the ones that can make you gassy as hell. There are certain foods out there that can increase the amount of intestinal gas. This increase can increase the symptoms of diarrhea. Therefore, until your body is ready, you need to tread lightly when it comes to your veggies as well. On that note, stay away from the following veggies:

  1. Onions
  2. Beans
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Cabbage
  5. Broccoli

On a good day, the above foods would be giving you the best body that you could ever hope for. But a diarrhetic day is not one of those days. Now, the entire matter of gas is not exclusive to veggies. Here are some fruits that you need to stay away from as well:

  1. Pears
  2. Plums
  3. Peaches
  4. Any fruit that has been dried to be used as a condiment like Apricots, prunes, or raisins.

5. Certain drinks:

If you are healthy, drinking coffee recharges you, drinking alcohol gives you just a right buzz, and carbonated beverages give you some levity from the mundane. Furthermore, they don’t even cause diarrhea. However, if you have diarrhea symptoms, then these foods are just not meant for you. They have the potential to irritate your gastrointestinal tract. As a result, until your body is at a healthy state, and by healthy state, we mean not diarrhea, you need to stay away from the following foods:

  1. Alcoholic beverages and beer, even if it is light is no exception to the rule
  2. Any product that has caffeine in it
  3. Any sugary carbonated drink.

Don’t misconstrue that staying away sugary carbonated drinks means that you can partake in some flat soda. Even flat soda can send your intestines in an irritated overdrive, and that plumbing is going to take a major dive downstairs.

6. Foods whose preparation does not scream hygiene:

These are the foods that have not been prepared with proper hygienic mindset. Whether or not you have diarrhea, staying away from such foods should be at the top of your to-do list. Much of the reason for GI issues around the globe is because of the unsanitary method of preparations. Therefore, until and unless you observe the following from the one who is preparing your meals, you should abstain from taking food from them:

  1. Washing hands thoroughly before food preparation
  2. All fruits and vegetables are being thoroughly washed
  3. The surface used for preparing foods is clean.
  4. The food is cooked at the right internal temperature
  5. If the food is a bit old, then it is properly refrigerated.

During diarrhea, you should prevent stale and old foods, even if they are refrigerated and kept fresh. Your digestive won’t be strong enough to handle such foods.

7. Food with high FODMAP content:

As you already might have gotten an idea, FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, Polyols. To explain each of them in detail:

  1. Fermentables are foods that are fermented.
  2. Oligosaccharides are foods that are comprised of fructans and Galatians
  3. Disaccharides refer to milk sugar lactose
  4. Monosaccharides refer to fructose
  5. Polyols refer to sugar alcohols.

Foods that have a high content of the above should be stayed away from, particularly in the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D). They can flare up the symptoms of irritable bowel syndromes and can even worsen your condition to a severe point.


Diarrhea can be a physically debilitating and an immensely severe condition in the case of children and socially debilitating disease in the case of adults. Therefore, you need to ensure that whatever choice you do make regarding diet when you have developed this condition is the right one. While the foods that we have explained here may entail most of what you do eat on a daily basis, some foods can act as a better alternative. Such foods can help with your diarrhea condition. Therefore, if you are feeling a bit demotivated after reading the above, know that there are foods to eat during diarrhea that can be replenishing and tasty for you.


Also recommended

Orange Diarrhea : Causes and Treatment

Diarrhea in Children- Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Diarrhea For a Week- What Could It Mean? Serious or Not!

Sagar Papneja

For me, health is about sustainable living and consuming environmentally conscious food; I am a vegan.

Related Featured Articles

Next Post

How to Burp a Sleeping Baby? FAQs

Previous Post

Prunes For Constipation- How to Use?