Constipation makes it difficult to pass stool and can decrease the frequency of bowel movements. Doctors define constipation as fewer than three bowel movements in one week. The symptom can occur for several reasons, such as prescription medication, supplements, and certain foods and drinks. A person who is experiencing constipation can avoid foods that might exacerbate the issue. Anyone who has chronic issues with constipation can also reduce these foods in their diet.

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1. Bananas

Eating bananas that are not ripe enough can cause constipation. Underripe green bananas are full of starch, which is hard for the body to digest. Infants and toddlers can become constipated by snacking on too many bananas, as well. Moderation is key. Many people buy bananas when they are still green to give them more time to eat them, but it is important not to start snacking until they have ripened.

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