Are Potatoes Bad for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Potatoes are good for hemorrhoids. Because they have fiber, flavonoids, and anthocyanins and they can help prevent constipation, reduce inflammation, and regulate blood sugar.

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

In hemorrhoids, your body has swollen or inflamed veins in the anal or rectal area.

This can lead to various health problems, such as pain, bleeding, itching, and infection.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

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

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like legumes, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables and avoid low-fiber foods like processed meats, cheese, and white bread.

Now, potatoes are starchy tubers that grow underground.

People usually eat them boiled, baked, mashed, or fried.

Potatoes are good for hemorrhoids because they contain dietary fiber, flavonoids, and anthocyanins.

One medium potato (173 grams) can give you about 3.8 grams of fiber (15% of your daily needs), 26.7 milligrams of flavonoids (8% of your daily needs), and 21.8 milligrams of anthocyanins (7% of your daily needs).

Fiber can help promote regular bowel movements and reduce constipation, a common cause of hemorrhoids.

Flavonoids and anthocyanins can have anti-inflammatory properties, which could potentially provide some relief for hemorrhoid symptoms.

Furthermore, potatoes are a complex carbohydrate and complex carbohydrates are good for hemorrhoids.

Because, they provide energy and satiety without spiking your blood sugar levels, which can worsen inflammation.

You can eat one to two potatoes per day safely.

More than that can cause excess calories, weight gain, and blood sugar imbalances.

Also, you shouldn’t eat potatoes if you have diabetes or high blood sugar levels to prevent hyperglycemia.

Because, potatoes have a high glycemic index and can raise your blood sugar quickly.

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

Always choose firm, smooth, and unblemished potatoes.

Because, they are fresher and have fewer toxins.

You can store them in a cool, dark, and dry place for up to two weeks.

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 hemorrhoid patients to follow a hemorrhoid-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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