Are Beans Bad for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Beans are good for hemorrhoids. Because they have dietary fiber, protein, and antioxidants and they can prevent constipation, promote healing, and reduce inflammation.

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

In hemorrhoids, your body has swollen veins in the anal canal that can bleed, itch, or cause pain.

This can lead to various health problems, such as anemia, infection, or anal fissures.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

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

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like beans, fruits, and vegetables and avoid low-fiber foods like white bread, cheese, and meat.

Now, beans are the seeds of plants in the legume family that are used as vegetables for human or animal food.

People usually cook them in different ways, such as boiling, frying, or baking, and use them in many traditional dishes around the world.

Beans are good for hemorrhoids because they contain dietary fiber, protein, and antioxidants.

Dietary fiber can soften the stool and make it easier to pass, reducing the pressure and irritation on the hemorrhoids.

Protein can help repair the damaged tissues and promote healing.

Antioxidants can protect the cells from oxidative stress and inflammation.

One cup of cooked beans can give you about 15 grams of dietary fiber (60% of your daily needs), 15 grams of protein (30% of your daily needs), and various amounts of antioxidants, such as flavonoids, phenolic acids, and anthocyanins.

Dietary fiber can positively affect hemorrhoids by preventing constipation and straining, which are the main causes of the condition.

Protein can positively affect hemorrhoids by supporting the growth and repair of the blood vessels and the skin around the anus.

Antioxidants can positively affect hemorrhoids by reducing the inflammation and swelling of the veins and improving the blood flow.

Furthermore, beans are a plant-based food and plant-based foods are good for hemorrhoids.

Because, they tend to have more fiber, water, and nutrients than animal-based foods, which can improve the digestive health and prevent hemorrhoids.

You can eat one to two cups of beans per day safely.

More than that can cause gas, bloating, or diarrhea, which can worsen your hemorrhoids symptoms.

Also, you shouldn’t eat beans if you have an allergy or intolerance to them or if you have a digestive disorder that affects your ability to digest them, such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

Because, they can cause allergic reactions, abdominal pain, or intestinal inflammation.

You can buy fresh beans in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose beans that are firm, dry, and free of cracks or insects.

Because, they will have better quality, flavor, and shelf life.

You can store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry, and dark place 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 hemorrhoids effectively.

I always recommend my hemorrhoids patients to follow a hemorrhoids-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 nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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