RE: health probs
Posted Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM
A plant-based diet does speed up foods' duration in your gut, which is good for preventing certain diseases. Some people are actually surprised that stools are not supposed to be hard! But food "dropping" can be dangerous. Meaning, it can be so fast that some nutrients do not get absorbed (including the water), and that's not good.
I can't be sure your situation is this bad, or if it's just unpleasant. Either way, there are certain foods you can eat to help slow digestion:
When experiencing problems with diarrhea, it can be very helpful to emphasize rice and well–cooked green, yellow, and orange vegetables. More processed grains like white flour crackers/toast can also do the trick. Parents may also be familiar with the BRAT diet for diarrhea = bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education