Eggs are considered to be a healthy food. They contain protein, vitamins and other essential nutrients. They are readily available and easy to cook. However, many people complain that eating eggs make them bloated. Some of them told that eggs cause constipation. Is it really true?
One of my clients told me that she has been giving hard boiled eggs to her toddler, usually once or twice a day. She is concerned that the child is always constipated. She thinks it is due to the boiled egg and wants to stop giving it.
I explained that eggs are not constipating. However, eating too many eggs can indirectly cause constipation.
We need certain amounts of dietary fibre to get a smooth bowel movement. If your diet doesn’t contain enough fibre, you will get hard stools that are difficult to pass.
You may aware that eggs don’t have fibre. So, you need to include fibre-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables in your diet.
Boiled eggs are filling. The main reason for that is, egg whites contain high-quality protein. If you eat one, you will feel full in the stomach for many hours. So, think what will happen if you give eggs twice a day to your toddler. The child may not feel hungry. Giving fibre-rich food is difficult when your child is not hungry.
Ultimately, there is not enough fibre in the diet, that is the cause of constipation.
So, do I need to avoid eggs?
No, you don’t need to avoid them. They are part of a balanced diet. You can eat an egg every day. More than that is not good. Include a variety of foods in your diet, such as grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
What about raw eggs?
Eating raw eggs is not recommended. It can cause Salmonella food poisoning. Allways thoroughly cook poultry products before eating.
Constipation is quite common in toddlers. There are many reasons for that. Improper toilet training, emotional deprivation, and anal fissure are some of them. So, you can’t always blame the eggs for constipation.
Constipation in children can be due to some organic causes, such as underactive thyroid, anal fissure, and Hirschsprung’s disease. So, consulting a doctor may be appropriate if your child has chronic constipation that is not responding to simple remedies.