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Does Yogurt Cause Constipation?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Does yogurt cause constipation? This is a very common question among adults and parents. The answer is affirmative and it is possible that one can get constipation after consuming excessive amounts of diary. In moderate amounts yogurt should help in gastrointestinal tract regulation. This fact should be taken into consideration, because constipation is a common and vital problem among adults as well as among children.

Does Yogurt Cause Constipation?


Constipation – definition 

Constipation is a common problem defined as the bowel movement, which is limited to amount of about 3 times per week (or even less). It is strongly connected with stool movement problems that are caused by improper gastrointestinal tract work. In case of infants, period without proper bowel movement can exceed even to a week while the child is breast-fed[1284]


Does yogurt cause constipation in children?

Excessive amounts of dairy products, including yogurt, may lead to problems with bowel movements and in result lead to constipation. Besides, yogurt is considered one of the foods that cause constipation in kids[1285]. The risk is even higher when it comes to products containing excessive amounts of chemical additives and preservatives. You will find more information about this issue below, in the further part of my article. If your child suffers from constipation, you should start a constipation treatment as soon as possible.


Does yogurt cause constipation in adults?

While among small children yogurt is one of the products that increase the likelihood of experiencing constipation, among teenagers and adults the situation is completely different. In their case – yogurt is one of the products advised to get rid of the constipation[1286]. If you won't overdo with the amount of the yogurt – it definitely should help you.


Which yogurt should I choose? 

Choose a Greek yogurt - it seems to be the best choice when you're dealing with constipation. It has more nutrients than other yogurts and should help you with the gastrointestinal problems. While choosing dairy products such as yogurts, it is important to check the label and look whether the product maintains a good bacterial flora in intestines, thanks to which the whole organism is functioning properly. It is also important that the yogurt contains right amount of live cultures or the label clearly states that the product is probiotic. Those friendly bacteria are beneficial for the digestion process. Generally speaking, all yogurts are beneficial when it comes to digestion.

Even if the benefits may seem really appealing, one shouldn’t exceed yogurt consumption to extremes because supplementary calcium and supplementary iron are commonly known causes of constipation, when they are supported excessively[1287].

The last issue is the presence of chemical additives in yogurts. It is important to check whether a particular yogurt contains excessive amounts of chemical additives, preservatives or other similar ingredients (they have to be listed on the label), because they may lead not only to constipation, but also to many major health problems. I can't stress enough that reading labels is critical when it comes to nutrition and dieting.



Generally speaking, yogurt can cause digestion problems and be the cause of constipation, but only if it is consumed in excessive amounts or included (in medium or large amounts) in small children's diet. To avoid those problems and additionally boost up your metabolism, make sure that you choose a yogurt (seriously consider choosing Greek yogurt) that has active bacterial cultures and is natural (lacks preservatives), because that kind of product is truly beneficial for ones digestive system.



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