One of the more common causes of sluggish bowels is a diet low in fiber. Dietary fiber is typically obtained from plant foods. Taking these foods daily provides the fiber which allows the bowels to function normally. It is normal for one to have one or two soft, formed easily passed bowel movements a day, without any effort or straining. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the foods that cause frequent, soft, formed bowel movements are wheat bran, fruits and vegetables. Bananas do have some fiber, but claims say that bananas can actually cause constipation in toddlers.
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