Can You Eat Eggs When You Have Diarrhea?

Reviewed on 5/26/2021

Eating eggs
Certain foods can make diarrhea worse. These foods include dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and ice cream.

Yes, in most individuals with diarrhea, eggs help slow down bowel movements and help the patient recover faster from diarrhea. Cooking them makes them easier to digest. So, a person can eat boiled eggs when they have diarrhea, provided they are not allergic to eggs. Now, if suffering from diarrhea due to a condition called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and egg is the trigger food item, it may worsen the loose motions and cause the patient to get gassy. So, talk to the physician before eating eggs. Also, avoid having a fried egg due to its fat content (frying in oil, butter, etc.).

Cook the proteins also reduces the chances of Salmonella infection. Cooking the proteins makes them easier to digest and helps avoid the bloating and flatulence associated.

What foods to avoid when you have diarrhea

Certain foods can make diarrhea worse. These foods include

  • Dairy products, such as milk, cheese and ice cream
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Caffeine-containing products, such as coffee, black tea
  • Fatty or oily foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Fruits with seeds, such as kiwi, strawberries
  • Drinks and foods containing fructose
  • Any eatable that contains sweeteners, such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol

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References
Medline Plus. When You Have Diarrhea. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000121.htm#

Family Doctor. BRAT Diet: Recovering From an Upset Stomach. https://familydoctor.org/brat-diet-recovering-from-an-upset-stomach/

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