Are Bananas Constipating?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Q. I've always heard that bananas can be constipating. Is there any truth to this?

A. I think this reputation stems from the fact that bananas are a traditional home remedy for diarrhea, especially for babies and young children.  Bananas contain a type of fiber called pectin that absorbs water in the intestines, which can help with loose bowels.  As a bonus, bananas are high in potassium, a nutrient that can be depleted by a bout of diarrhea. While bananas may be "binding," they don't cause constipation.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.