Eating Butter in Piles: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Butter is bad for piles. Because it has saturated fat and cholesterol, and they can increase the risk of heart disease and thrombosed hemorrhoids.

Piles is a condition that affects your anus and lower rectum.

In piles, your body has swollen veins in the anal and rectal area. This can lead to various health problems, such as bleeding, pain, itching, and infection.

One of the key factors in managing piles is diet.

What you consume can affect your bowel movements, which can impact your piles symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage piles, you should consume fiber-rich foods like legumes, whole grains, and fruits and avoid fat-rich foods like butter, cheese, and red meat.

Now, butter is a dairy product made from cow’s milk. It is mainly composed of fat, and it usually spreads on bread or used for cooking and baking.

Butter is bad for piles because it contains saturated fat and cholesterol.

One tablespoon (14 grams) of butter can give you 102 calories, 12 grams of fat (7 grams of saturated fat), and 30 milligrams of cholesterol. That’s about 36% of your daily limit for saturated fat and 10% for cholesterol.

Saturated fat can increase your risk of heart disease by raising your blood cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can also worsen your piles by increasing the pressure on the veins in your anus and rectum.

Cholesterol can contribute to the formation of blood clots in the hemorrhoids, which can cause severe pain and inflammation. This condition is known as thrombosed hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, butter is a low-fiber food and fiber is important for piles.

Because, fiber can help soften your stools and make them easier to pass. This can reduce the straining and irritation that can aggravate your piles.

That’s why I suggest you limit your butter intake to avoid worsening your piles symptoms. Stick to no more than one teaspoon (5 grams) of butter per day to minimize the risk of heart disease and thrombosed hemorrhoids.

Also, you shouldn’t eat butter if you have lactose intolerance or dairy allergy to prevent digestive problems, such as diarrhea, bloating, or cramps, because butter contains lactose and milk proteins.

You can buy fresh butter in your local market or order it online.

Always choose organic or grass-fed butter if possible.

Because they may have more beneficial nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a month or in the freezer for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, is key to managing piles effectively.

I always recommend my piles patients to follow a piles-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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