Is Cranberry Juice Good for Constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Cranberry juice is not very good for constipation. Because it has little fiber and a lot of sugar and acidity, which can dehydrate and harden the stool and irritate the digestive tract.

Constipation is a condition that affects your large intestine or colon.

In constipation, your body absorbs too much water from the stool, making it hard, dry and difficult to pass.

This can lead to various health problems, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal impaction, and diverticular disease.

One of the key factors in managing constipation is diet.

What you consume can affect your stool consistency, which can impact your constipation symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage constipation, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and avoid low-fiber foods like meat, cheese, and processed foods.

Now, cranberry juice is a tart and refreshing beverage made from cranberries.

People usually drink cranberry juice for its health benefits, such as preventing urinary tract infections, reducing inflammation, and improving cardiovascular health.

Cranberry juice is not very good for constipation because it contains little fiber and a lot of sugar.

Fiber is essential for adding bulk and softening the stool, while sugar can draw water from the stool and make it harder.

Cranberry juice also has a high acidity, which can irritate the digestive tract and cause discomfort.

One cup of cranberry juice can give you about 30 grams of sugar, which is 60% of your daily limit, and only 0.5 grams of fiber, which is 2% of your daily need.

Sugar can negatively affect constipation by dehydrating the stool and increasing the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Fiber can positively affect constipation by increasing the stool volume and easing the passage.

Furthermore, cranberry juice is a liquid and liquids are generally good for constipation.

Because, liquids can help hydrate the body and the stool, making it easier to pass.

However, not all liquids are equally beneficial for constipation.

Water, herbal teas, and prune juice are better choices than cranberry juice, as they have less sugar and more fiber.

That’s why I suggest you limit your cranberry juice intake to avoid worsening your constipation.

Stick to one cup or less per day to minimize the sugar intake and the acidity.

Also, you shouldn’t drink cranberry juice if you have kidney stones, gastritis, or acid reflux to prevent aggravating these conditions.

Because, cranberry juice can increase the oxalate levels in the urine, which can form kidney stones, and can worsen the stomach inflammation and acidity, which can cause heartburn and ulcers.

You can buy fresh cranberries or cranberry juice in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose 100% pure cranberry juice or juice with no added sugar.

Because, added sugar can increase the calories and the negative effects on constipation.

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, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing constipation effectively.

I always recommend my constipation patients to follow a constipation-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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