Eating Eggplant in Hemorrhoids: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Eggplant is good for hemorrhoids because it has fiber, antioxidants, and water. They can help soften stool, reduce inflammation, and hydrate the body.

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

In hemorrhoids, your veins in these areas become swollen and inflamed, causing pain, itching, bleeding, and discomfort.

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

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

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

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like legumes, whole grains, and fruits and avoid spicy, fatty, or processed foods like chili peppers, cheese, or bacon.

Now, eggplant is a purple vegetable that belongs to the nightshade family. They usually have a spongy texture and a mild flavor. You can eat them raw, cooked, or pickled.

Eggplant is good for hemorrhoids because it contains fiber, antioxidants, and water.

One cup (82 grams) of raw eggplant can give you 2.4 grams of fiber (10% of your daily needs), 0.2 milligrams of manganese (10% of your daily needs), and 188 milligrams of potassium (4% of your daily needs).

Fiber can help soften your stool and prevent constipation, which can reduce the pressure and straining on your hemorrhoids.

Manganese can help support bone health and wound healing, which can improve your recovery from hemorrhoids.

Potassium can help regulate fluid balance and blood pressure, which can prevent swelling and bleeding of your hemorrhoids.

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Eggplant is especially rich in anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that gives it its purple color. Anthocyanins can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which can worsen your hemorrhoids.

Water can help hydrate your body and keep your stool moist, which can ease your bowel movement and prevent irritation of your hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, eggplant is a low-calorie and low-fat food, and these types of foods are good for hemorrhoids.

Because they can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid excess pressure on your pelvic area.

You can eat one to two cups of eggplant per day safely. More than that can cause gas, bloating, or allergic reactions in some people.

Also, you shouldn’t eat eggplant if you have kidney stones or gout to prevent worsening of these conditions. Because eggplant contains oxalates and purines, which can increase the risk of kidney stones or gout.

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

Always choose firm, smooth, and shiny eggplants with green stems.

Because these indicate freshness and quality. You can store them in a cool and dry place for up to a week.

Finally, remember that maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, 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.

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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