Peanut butter does not tend to cause constipation, and the fiber it contains may actually help someone poop. However, the type of peanut butter and other factors may impact a person’s bowel movements.
People with constipation may have fewer bowel movements that are difficult to pass. They may also feel that they have not emptied their bowels fully after a bowel movement.
This article explores possible links between peanut butter and constipation, possible adverse effects, and benefits. It looks at alternatives and others foods high in fiber. Additionally, it answers some frequently asked questions.
Peanut butter is a source of fiber, with a 32-gram (g) serving providing around
Additionally, it may help to check the brand of peanut butter and what it contains.
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be life threatening. The symptoms develop suddenly and include:
- swelling of the face or mouth
- fast, shallow breathing
- a fast heart rate
- clammy skin
- anxiety or confusion
- blue or white lips
- fainting or loss of consciousness
If someone has these symptoms:
- Check whether they are carrying an epinephrine pen. If they are, follow the instructions on the side of the pen to use it.
- Dial 911 or the number of the nearest emergency department.
- Lay the person down from a standing position. If they have vomited, turn them onto their side.
- Stay with them until the emergency services arrive.
Some people may need more than one epinephrine injection. If the symptoms do not improve in 5–15 minutes, or they come back, use a second pen if the person has one.
If someone suspects they have a peanut intolerance or allergy, they must consult a medical practitioner who can test for and diagnose a peanut allergy.
Nuts may provide beneficial health effects and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. As well as containing fiber, nuts are rich in the
People may wish to include different nuts as part of a fiber-rich, nutritious diet. They can eat nuts raw, dry roast them in the oven, or use a blender to create nut butter. Additionally, people can purchase various types of nut butter in supermarkets, though they should try to avoid ones with added sugar, salt, or oil.
Types of nuts a person may wish to add to their diet include:
People can aim to include plenty of fiber in their diet to help prevent and relieve constipation.
- whole grains, such as:
- legumes, such as:
- whole fruits, such as:
- a variety of vegetables, such as:
- seeds, such as:
The following answers some frequently asked questions about peanut butter and constipation.
Is peanut butter hard on the stomach?
People with a mild peanut allergy may develop digestive symptoms such as cramps or diarrhea when they eat peanut butter.
A peanut allergy can also cause a more severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis. People with a peanut allergy must avoid peanuts and products containing peanuts.
What foods make people constipated?
What are the side effects of eating too much peanut butter?
Peanut butter contains around
Peanut butter contains fiber, which may help people avoid constipation. However, people should try to choose brands that do not contain added salt, sugar, or fat.
Including certain foods in the diet can help to keep bowel movements regular. These include vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Additionally, people should try to stay hydrated, as this helps ensure their stools are soft enough to pass.
If a person experiences any symptoms of a reaction after touching or consuming peanut butter, they should seek medical help immediately. A doctor can test to determine whether a person has a peanut allergy.