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Dietary Guidelines

Some foods have been identified as having certain side effects on the bowel. The following list may help you select foods to eat or avoid. Individual tolerance to foods will vary, so use this list as an initial guide.

GAS forming foods:

  • Beans
  • Beer
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carbonated Beverages
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions

Foods that are not digested completely
(foods that cause blockage):

  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Green Peppers
  • Coconut
  • Dried Fruit
  • Lettuce
  • Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Popcorn
  • Raw Vegetables
  • Seeds
  • Spinach
  • Skins of fruits and vegetables

Stool-Thickening Foods:

  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • White Breads and Starches
  • Cheeses
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter (creamy)

Stool-thinning Foods:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Grape Juice
  • Heavily Spiced Foods
  • Prune Juice

Foods that reduce odor:

  • Buttermilk
  • Parsley
  • Yogurt

Foods that cause odor:

  • Asparagus
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Garlic


  • Eating more than one food from within a list may intensify the effect on the bowel.
  • Do not eliminate a food from your diet without trying it several times.
  • The stool may appear red after eating beets. Do not mistake it for blood. Broccoli, asparagus and spinach may darken the stool