Is Tuna Good for Constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Tuna is neutral for constipation. Because it has protein and omega-3 fatty acids which are good for health but lacks fiber which can help relieve constipation.

Constipation is a condition that affects your digestive system.

In constipation, your body experiences difficulty in evacuating stools due to them becoming hard and dry.

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

One of the key factors in managing constipation is diet.

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

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

Now, tuna is a seafood that is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but it’s low in fiber.

People usually eat tuna in sandwiches, salads, or as a main dish.

Tuna is not particularly beneficial for constipation because it contains low amounts of fiber.

However, it is not necessarily bad for all types of constipation unless it is part of a low-fiber diet.

A can of tuna (165g) can give you 0% fiber, 191 calories, 42g protein (84% of your daily needs), 1.4g fat, and significant amounts of vitamin B12, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Fiber can positively affect constipation by adding bulk to the stool and promoting regular bowel movementsProtein and omega-3 fatty acids do not have a direct impact on bowel movements but are important for overall health.

Furthermore, tuna is a protein-rich food and protein-rich foods are neutral for constipation.

Because, they do not contain the fiber needed to alleviate constipation.

That’s why I suggest you complement tuna with high-fiber foods to prevent constipation.

Stick to a balanced diet that includes fiber-rich foods to minimize constipation symptoms.

Also, you shouldn’t rely solely on tuna if you are suffering from constipation to prevent worsening of symptoms.

Because it lacks dietary fiber.

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

Always choose tuna that smells fresh and has a moist appearance.

Because freshness indicates better quality and nutritional value.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days or freeze them for longer shelf life.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with 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.

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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