For These with Lavatory Points, Eat a Kiwi. Or Two
Can You Eat Kiwis Regularly? According to a presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology’s virtual meeting, kiwi can help people with chronic constipation, as can plums and psyllium, a mass-building laxative. In contrast to plums and flea seeds, however, kiwis protect gas production.
The study results mirrored the results of a Chinese study published in 2007.
Laxatives, either those that bloat or soften the stool, can add up in cost and also cause side effects such as gas or cramps. For this reason, many people are looking for natural alternatives to make their bowel movements more regular.
In the new study, researchers from Michigan and Georgia looked at three natural treatments for adults with chronic constipation that experienced three or fewer complete spontaneous bowel movements per week. 79 volunteers were divided into three groups who consumed either 2 kiwifruit per day, 100 grams of plums per day or 12 grams of psyllium per day for four weeks. (Flea seeds are the ingredients in Metamucil.)
The main aim of the study was to see which group used the bathroom more. The results showed that all volunteers significantly increased their visits.
The researchers also asked the volunteers about the stool consistency that improved the most in both the kiwi and plum groups and how much or hard they had to strain to move their bowels – all three groups reported significant improvement .
Side effects (abdominal bloating, pain) were most common with fleas, followed by plums and kiwi.
- Abdominal pain – psyllium 33% of the volunteers, 18% with plums, 0% with kiwi
- Gas – 19% with psyllium, 18% with plums, 0% with kiwi
- Puff – 36% with plums, 11% for kiwi, 10% for flea seeds
The authors concluded that the results confirm the benefits of plums and psyllium and the first US data for green kiwifruit as an effective and well-tolerated treatment for [chronic constipation] Patient. “