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Saturday February 24, 2024

Can oranges with peels really help you with poop?

Whole oranges are good source of both fibre, water, which are believed to help ease constipation

By Web Desk
February 05, 2024
Oranges kept in a container. — Medical News Today/File
Oranges kept in a container. — Medical News Today/File

Social media claims to have a quick solution to get your digestive tract moving by eating entire oranges (with their peels) topped with a heavy sprinkle of cinnamon and cayenne powder.

According to Instagrammer Bethany Ugarte-Cameron of @LilSipper, an account devoted to recipes for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a plate of unpeeled orange slices is the key to inducing a bowel movement.

It’s true that oranges, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon are healthy foods and citrus fruits do have plenty of fibre, a necessary nutrient for bowel health.

Whole oranges are a good source of both fibre and water, which are believed to help ease constipation. With its peel, an orange contains 82% water and 7 grammes of fibre, or 28% of the daily value suggested for women and 18% for men between the ages of 19 and 50.

Oranges don't always make you feel sick, even though they're an excellent option for a healthy diet.

“The fibre in orange peels isn’t anything special compared to other fibres,” Amy Brownstein, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and owner of Nutrition Digested, told Health.

Orange peels tend to be bitter in addition to being rather tough, which is another reason we often don't eat them. Safety worries are widespread.

In contrast to an orange; whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables are a few foods that can increase your daily intake of fibre.

Consider how much liquids you're consuming; being properly hydrated also promotes regular bowel movements. Your bowel habits may change if you increase your intake by carrying a water bottle with you at all times.