Guava is a popular Brazilian fruit that can be consumed fresh or used to make sweets, pies and even mixed with alcohol (batidinha or liqueurs, for example).
Because it is so common to use it in cooking, it is normal to have doubts about this fruit.
One of the most common is whether it can help to “hold the intestine”, that is, make it difficult to eliminate feces.
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Eating guava holds or loosens the intestine?
It depends. Guava can either trap or loosen the intestine. The big secret is in the consumption of this fruit together with liquids, mainly water. The fruit is rich in fiber – a unit of approximately 100g contains about 10g of fiber.
The fibers reduce gastric emptying and, therefore, give the sensation of intestinal sluggishness. But they can also help with digestion, as long as they have the help of liquids, such as water.
When we eat foods with fiber, they form small cakes. Upon receiving water, these cakes join with the rest of the stomach contents and “lubricate” the intestine, allowing the feces to be more easily eliminated.
If the fibers are consumed with little water intake, these cakes are still and end up making it difficult to eliminate the feces.
For example, if a person eats a guava in the middle of the morning and drinks water throughout the day, the tendency is for the fruit to help loosen the intestine.
Now, if you eat a guava but do not drink any fluids, the fruit will trap your intestines.
Guava holds the intestine?
Guava is a fruit rich in fiber. Although fiber helps in intestinal transit, if there is no water consumption, the opposite effect can occur. That is, eating guava can lead to constipation.
This is because the fibers of the fruit, when they are in the intestine, absorb water, causing the stool to become more soft and, with this, facilitate the evacuation. However, without the correct fluid intake, the stool becomes harder. This makes it more difficult to go to the bathroom.
Therefore, when eating guava and other fruits, the ideal is to maintain a good intake of fluids.
Guava holds the baby’s intestines?
When healthy, babies can start eating fruit as early as 6 months of age. The necessary care is correct hygiene and the removal of lumps and seeds.
Guava also applies to this rule. It can be consumed quietly when there are no medical recommendations to prevent the fruit from being eaten.
The digestive system of babies is not so different from adults. But it is important to remember the old rule: anything that is in excess can be bad.
In the case of guava, care must be taken so that the baby does not experience bouts of diarrhea or vomiting because he has consumed the fruit too much.
Do guava juice or tea cause constipation?
Calm down, let’s go by parts! First let’s talk about juice and then tea, since one is made with fruit and the other has guava leaves as raw material.
Guava juice holds the intestine?
The natural guava juice (the one made at home) consists of beating the pieces of the fruit in a blender or mixer.
But you don’t have to be a great chef to know that, in addition to guava, you need to use some liquid. The most common are mineral water or cow’s milk.
But does it interfere with the nutrients in the drink? Certainly.
If the juice is made with water, it can act as a facilitator for the elimination of feces. This is because this vital liquid helps to soften the fecal cake, making it easier to expel.
Guava juice can also have its qualities altered if other ingredients such as fruits are added.
Putting pieces of papaya, oranges, plums in guava juice can make the drink a good fighter in constipation .
Guava juice with banana , pear, cashew and lemon are recommended for those who want to hold the intestine. This is because these other fruits also contain constipating properties, making it difficult to eliminate feces.
Guava tea holds the gut?
Guava tea, different from juice, is made with the leaves of the tree where this fruit is born: guava.
This raw material has a chemical structure known as tannins that contains astringent action, that is, it helps to trap the intestine. Therefore, tea is indicated when the person has diarrhea, for example.
For this effect to be enhanced, it is recommended that nothing else be added to the drink, avoiding other leaves or even sweeteners.
In addition to the leaves, it can also be infused with the guava peel . But don’t forget to sanitize properly before starting the recipe.
Another super important detail is the contraindication: pregnant women, nursing mothers and babies are not recommended to take guava tea, as there are no studies to prove whether tannins are safe for these phases.
Can you eat guava when you have diarrhea?
When diarrhea occurs, the ideal is to opt for a lighter and more natural diet. So, yes, guava is a good option to be included. In addition, it has constipating properties, which aid in intestinal regulation.
During recovery from diarrhea, it is essential to avoid spices and condiments, sweets and fried foods. In addition, drinking plenty of water is essential to replace water loss. However, it is always worth seeking medical or nutritional guidance.
Guava is a food that may or may not hold the intestine, depending a lot on the person’s lifestyle.
If it is combined with a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables and frequent water intake, it only tends to bring benefits to intestinal health.
If in doubt, contact a nutritionist.
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