Is eating okra compatible with irritable bowel syndrome

Last Updated on August 28, 2022 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

There is a lot of stress in IBS due to Okra. IBS patients can eat it but tolerate less painful symptoms.

Okra is a favorite vegetable and people love to eat it. It can be easily found in vegetable stores in almost all countries of the world.

In Asia, it is eaten with great relish. It is also eaten in its pure state, cooked with meat and with onions.
In Asia, as well as in many other parts of the world, the Okra in summer season is a very desirable food.

IBS patients and Okra

There is a lot of stress in IBS due to Okra. IBS patients can eat it but tolerate less painful symptoms. Okra shows the symptoms of IBS but does not do so much that you have to go to the emergency.

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Because it contains mucilage, it has the ability to form a viscous substance in the digestive tract that can pass through the intestines with great ease.

But on the other hand it plays an important role in creating gas problem inside the intestines which leads to discomfort. Excessive use of red or green chilies in Okra can also cause severe discomfort.

How to use Okra for IBS patients

If you are an IBS patient and want to eat Okra, remember to eat it for lunch and try to get oil out of it if it is made in oil.
Similarly, if you want to eat Okra at night, it is better to avoid it because at night it can cause symptoms of IBS and you may have gas complaints as well as cramping inside.

If you are using Okra at night, use ice cream as soon as possible and try to go to bed early so that you get less symptoms.

Similarly, if sleep is not available soon, then walk for half an hour.
When using Okra in IBS, be sure to avoid fried in oil and avoid eating large amount of Okra.

Written By:

  • Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Reviewed By:

  • Dr. Muhammad Khan Malik
  • Syeda Noor-ul-Ain Naqvi

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