If you have trouble with constipation when you eat chocolate, you aren’t alone. In fact, it’s widely accepted that chocolate is the food that tends to cause the most constipation problems for people. That’s especially true for people who already have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). If you want to avoid chocolate constipation problems, though, there are some things that you can do.
Watch The Type
One thing that you can do is watch the type of chocolate that you consume. For xample, European milk chocolate often contains condensed milk, while American often contains regular milk. Since regular milk can sometimes cause constipation, you might find European chocolate a bit easier on your system.
Also, of course, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate contain different components, no matter where they are made. So, if you like chocolate and find that one type plugs up your system, you might want to try another type.
What It’s In
What you put your chocolate in, if anything, also matters. For example, eating chocolate cupcakes might not have the same impact as drinking chocolate milk. Furthermore, eating a chocolate candy bar might not influence your digestive tract in the same way as eating a chocolate brownie.
Chocolate has three strikes against it, as far as a constipation diet is concerned. A diet for constipation should consist of foods that are high in fiber, low in sugar and not overly processed. Chocolate is the exact opposite, in any of its forms.
The Fat Factor
If that’s not enough, there’s also the fat factor to consider. Chocolate is full of fats and those fats slow down the functions of the stomach. That means that, if you eat a lot of chocolate, it will sit in your stomach for a long time and back up your system. It’s also likely to pass through your intestines slowly, when it finally does go through.
Counteracting The Symptoms
An easy way to avoid having constipation because of eating too much chocolate is to stop eating chocolate, especially in processed food. However, many of us are literally addicted to chocolate. It’s everywhere. So, that is just not reasonable.
Another option is to eat chocolate in moderation. As long as you spread your chocolate intake out, it should help to keep the constipation from kicking in. If not, though, there are ways of counteracting the symptoms.
For instance, you can help your body to move things along better by simply drinking more water. Hydration will help your body to work efficiently. If that doesn’t help alone, you can also use a natural laxative, such as tea, to fight chocolate
constipation. Also, of course, you could turn to commercial laxatives, if need be.