Carrot juice has a delicious flavor that feels healthy when you drink it.
Constipation is very uncomfortable and it’s best to treat it quickly.
But, is carrot juice a good remedy for constipation, and does it help at all?
Carrot juice only has a mild effect at relieving constipation.
Juiced fruits and vegetables are much lower in fiber.
It’s best to consume water and foods high in fiber for constipation.
The water content in carrot juice helps with constipation but whole carrots are better because they’re higher in fiber.
When you get constipation it’s best to take a break from trying to go and then eat foods that are particularly good for it.
After 30 mins to an hour, the foods you ate should be enough to cause the poop that’s causing issues to pass.
Knowing what foods to eat when you have constipation is very important, so below is a complete explanation of how carrots affect your poop compared to other foods.
Can Carrots Make You Poop?
Sometimes you can experience trouble passing poop or be curious if certain foods make you poop more than others.
Carrots appear to be very healthy and high in fiber which leads many people to assume they’re good for your bowel system.
But, is this really the case?
Carrots don’t make you poop.
But they are some of the best foods for digestive and bowel health.
Out of all the vegetables carrots contain one of the highest percentages of fiber.
Fiber is particularly good for regular and healthy bowel movements but carrots won’t make you poop.
Carrots are very high in vitamin C.
They contain 10% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C per 3.4 oz (100g), which is equivalent to half a cup of grated carrots.
Therefore, if you consume 16 medium-sized carrots in a day – the excess vitamin C will cause diarrhea.
This amount of carrots would be very unusual to consume.
To make carrot juice requires a lot of carrots. Interestingly, the juicing process keeps about 90% of the nutrients in the vegetable or fruit itself.
The carrots required to make carrot juice mean that you should consume more than about 1 to 1.5 cups of carrot juice in a day.
Otherwise, you will have a high amount of vitamin C which can give you diarrhea.
Therefore, if you need to alleviate constipation a very efficient way to do it is to consume a cup of carrot juice.
Water is also particularly good at alleviating constipation.
Carrot juice kills 2 birds with 1 stone.
Generally, foods that are high in fiber are the best for constipation and if you have difficulty pooping as explained by the medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic.
Carrots have a bitter taste to them. Foods that have a bitter taste are also generally high in natural acid.
According to the John Hopkins School of Medicine foods that are high in acid can cause acid reflux.
I looked into whether the acid content in carrots or any other properties of carrots cause acid reflux and summarized it in this article about whether carrots cause acid reflux.
It also explains whether baby carrots have the same effect.
Are Carrots OK to Eat with Diarrhea?
Diarrhea is caused by an excess of certain nutrients or by toxins.
It’s a natural body reaction to get rid of these nutrients because otherwise, they can have a toxic effect on the body.
Other foods are good at alleviating diarrhea so here’s an explanation of whether it’s ok to eat carrots when you have diarrhea.
Carrots are fine to eat if you have diarrhea.
Provided you don’t eat too many carrots.
Carrots are high in vitamin C, and excessive vitamin C has a laxative effect.
As long as you don’t eat more than 16 medium-sized carrots it’s perfectly fine to eat carrots if you have diarrhea.
It may be somewhat common knowledge but you want to avoid carrots that have mold on them.
Mold has toxins that can give you diarrhea or make your existing diarrhea worse.
In general, foods that have mold on them should be thrown away and you should not cut away the mold and consume the rest.
The reason is that when mold grows it spreads out microscopic roots into the food.
These roots can spread very far.
Much further than where the mold is.
So, if you cut out only the moldy part you can still easily consume some of the molds which can be toxic.
But, carrots are very hard.
And according to the USDA, you can cut away the mold from carrots.
This is also the case for other hard foods such as hard cheeses.
The fact that carrots are very hard means the roots of molds don’t grow very far into the carrots.
And it’s safe to cut away the moldy regions.
Just be sure to cut an extra 1 inch (2.5 cm) around the moldy area to remove any of the roots.
Also, carrots are one of the most inexpensive vegetables, and if you have enough to prepare the meal you planned on preparing you can decide it’s easier just to throw them away.
Once you have diarrhea certain foods are good for treating it.
Here’s a good video that explains what these are:
You’ve likely noticed that carrots will begin to grow small roots on the sides.
Especially when they get quite moist like when left in the bag in the pantry.
They can also begin to grow shoots out the top.
If these are still OK to eat I explained the answer in this article about whether sprouted carrots are bad.
Can Carrots Make Diarrhea Worse?
Diarrhea is very inconvenient and sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what caused it.
Diarrhea is typically gone in a day or two but it’s best to avoid foods that can make it worse.
Here’s a summary of whether carrots make diarrhea worse.
Carrots can make diarrhea worse.
But, only if you eat more than 10 carrots or 1 cup of carrot juice.
The reason is carrots are high in vitamin C and if you consume more than the recommended daily intake of carrots it has a laxative effect.
16 carrots will cause you to consume the recommended daily intake of carrots.
Since other foods that most people typically eat in a day also contain vitamin C.
It’s best to consume below this or around 10 carrots at the most.
In general, though, most people will struggle to eat this many carrots.
However, this is equivalent to about 1 cup of carrot juice.
So, depending on the rest of your diet you should aim to not consume more than 1 cup of carrot juice if you have diarrhea.
Citrus fruits are particularly high in vitamin C.
Therefore if you normally drink orange juice or consume a fair amount of citrus fruits you should aim to limit how much carrot juice you consume.
People react differently to excessive vitamin C.
So, you may find that a high amount of vitamin C doesn’t affect you negatively and make your diarrhea worse.
I’m Chris Watson & the Founder of EatForLonger.com. I’m a food and wellbeing enthusiast researching and sharing foodstuffs and simple food-based concepts, such as fasting and clean eating.
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