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Cooked apples seem to help my ibs-d (I think!)

I am not saying this would help everyone. But after being unable to eat any fruit for ages, for a couple of weeks now sometimes I have tried cooked apples, peeled, cored, cut into small pieces and simmered in a tiny bit of water for about 10-15 minutes, then mashed with a fork.
I would cook two at once, and keep them in a covered dish in the refrigerator. I added a bit of runny honey once they were cooled, but some plain sugar or coconut sugar would be fine (I just didn't have any.)

I found that on the day following the apple my bowel movements were much more normal and healthier. I have deliberately had gaps of days without it in between , to see if it really makes any difference or not.
And every time I eat it my gut is a bit better the next day.

I know apple is supposed to be high Fodmap, so I didn't know what would happen, but I started off with just 2 or 3 teaspoons, then when that was okay, I tried more the next time.

I don't know if it will continue to help or if it's just a coincidence so far. Or maybe it's "pectin" in the apples which helps?
I know raw apples really upset my gut so this is interesting.

  1. Great tip! I have to try this. I know banana has helped me. Raw. I have had cooked apples before and they are delicious. I think I will give this a whirl. -Elizabeth (team member)

    1. Hi I can also eat cooked apples but not raw. My doctor says the cooking process destroys the acidity or something like that which aggravates the bowel. Bizarrely I can only eat eggs cooked a certain way too so maybe there are more foods that people can enjoy cooked rather than raw. Honey is a no go for me. This would be so much easier if the IBS diet was the same for everyone

      1. Oh I's the acidity in raw apples which upsets the bowel? That makes a lot of sense.
        It's good that you can eat cooked apples too. Bananas disturb me unfortunately. Even half a banana at breakfast time can upset my gut a little the next morning, and that's a pity because they are rich in Potassium.
        I hadn't eaten the stewed apple for a week or so, and tried it again the last 2 days. Again it seemed to have a positive effect, on quality of stools the next days.
        Today I experimented with about 10 peeled black grapes! We shall see what happens. I used to be okay with them, but then not so good, but decided to try them again.
        I think it might be the pectin in apples which helps the gut (?)

        1. I have heard eating apples at the start of a meal may help with eating less. I know cooked broccoli is easier on my stomach than raw broccoli.

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