Merck Manual

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Foods That Often Affect Gastrointestinal Function

Foods That Often Affect Gastrointestinal Function

Foods Likely to Cause Loose Bowel Movements and/or Excessive Gas

All caffeine-containing beverages especially coffee with chicory

Fruit juices: Orange, cranberry, apple

Asparagus and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts

Bran cereal, whole wheat bread, and high-fiber foods

Pastry, candy, chocolate, waffle syrup, and doughnuts

Alcohol

Milk and milk products (in lactose-sensitive people)

Foods Likely to Cause Constipation or Help Control Loose Bowel Movements

White rice, white bread, potatoes, and pasta

Meat, veal, poultry, and fish

Cooked vegetables

Bananas