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What are stool-binding foods?

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Stool-binding foods are low-fiber foods that help to make stools firmer when an individual experiences diarrhea. The BRAT diet is a popular, medically recommended diet for diarrhea that incorporates stool-binding applesauce, rice and toast with potassium-rich bananas to help stop diarrhea and replenish the nutrients lost throughout the sickness, according to FamilyDoctor.org from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Bread products made from refined, white flour are also stool-binding foods, notes MedlinePlus. These include prepared hot and cold cereals, pretzels, waffles, pancakes, cornbread, cookies, cakes and crackers. MedlinePlus also recommends low-fiber, stool-binding baked or broiled chicken, beef, fish and turkey. Low-fat yogurt, cheeses and milk are stool-binding foods that can be consumed if they do not worsen the symptoms of diarrhea.

Low-fiber vegetables, including green beans, carrots, baked potatoes, peeled zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus tips and acorn squash are additional stool-binding foods, notes MedlinePlus. However, individuals should avoid eating high-fiber vegetables, such as peas; beans; green, leafy vegetables; corn; peppers; prunes; and broccoli when they have diarrhea because these foods have anti-stool-binding effects.

According to Cedars-Sinai, individuals who follow a stool-binding diet can add small amounts of oatmeal and fresh fruits and vegetables back into their diets following a bout with diarrhea.

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