Is Peanut Butter Good for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Peanut butter is good for hemorrhoids. Because it has healthy fats, protein, and fiber and they can help soften your stool, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

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

In hemorrhoids, your body has swollen veins in the anal canal that can cause bleeding, pain, itching, and discomfort.

This can lead to various health problems, such as anemia, infection, and 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 fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid fat-rich foods like fried foods, cheese, and butter.

Now, peanut butter is a protein-packed spread made of ground peanuts that is popular around the world.

People usually eat it on bread, crackers, or with fruits.

Peanut butter is good for hemorrhoids because it contains healthy fats, protein, and fiber.

These nutrients can help soften your stool, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.

Two tablespoons of peanut butter can give you 16 grams of fat (25% of your daily needs), 8 grams of protein (16% of your daily needs), and 2 grams of fiber (8% of your daily needs).

Fat can help lubricate your stool and prevent straining, which can worsen hemorrhoids.

Protein can help repair the damaged tissues and prevent infection.

Fiber can help bulk up your stool and make it easier to pass.

Furthermore, peanut butter is a plant-based food and plant-based foods are good for hemorrhoids.

Because, they contain antioxidants, phytochemicals, and anti-inflammatory compounds that can protect your blood vessels and reduce the risk of hemorrhoids.

You can eat two tablespoons of peanut butter per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain, which can increase the pressure on your anal veins.

Also, you shouldn’t eat peanut butter if you have a peanut allergy to prevent anaphylaxis.

Because, this is a life-threatening reaction that can cause swelling, breathing difficulties, and shock.

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

Always choose natural peanut butter that contains no additives other than a little salt.

Because, additives like sugar, vegetable oil, and trans fats can reduce its nutritional value and increase its calories.

You can store it in a cool and dry place for up to six months.

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.

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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