Fruits and berries can affect the motility of the intestines, thanks to this, when the gastrointestinal tract is impaired, many of them are used as preventive or even therapeutic products. The laxative effect of the fruit depends on the level of dietary fiber, including fiber and pectin, simple carbohydrates (natural sugars – glucose, fructose, etc.) and fruit acids.
The first stimulate the activity of the intestines, the second retain water, because of which the feces softens, and others increase the production of digestive juices, thus greatly facilitating the digestion of food.
Berry and fruits rich in tannins – tannins, such as cornel, quince, pears – have a fixing effect. These substances “condense” the stool and thereby inhibit peristalsis, as well as disinfect the intestines and reduce inflammation.
If you are prone to constipation, your baby will be helped by peaches, apricots and figs in fresh or dried form. In addition, melon, watermelon and grapes have a laxative effect.
Red and white currants, apples, cherries, cherries and citrus fruits have a milder effect. True, it must be borne in mind that melon, watermelon, grapes, to a lesser extent plum increase gas formation in the intestine.
Crumb, prone to liquid stool, it is recommended to include in the diet of fruit puree of black currant, gooseberry, pear, banana and, of course, blueberries – champions on the content of tannins – and baked apples.
For the best effect on constipation, it is recommended in the morning on an empty stomach (the nerve receptors of the “empty” intestine are more susceptible to stimulation) to offer the baby 2–3 fresh or dried plums. Dried fruits, so that they are better absorbed, you must first hold in warm water.
Another option – as a dessert, give mashed prunes, porridge or cottage cheese with apricots, peaches or raisins. In the liquid stool, fresh blueberries, baked apples, unsweetened jelly and compote of dried fruits will come to the rescue.