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hi everyone. I've just made an accidental observation and I'm wondering if there's anything to back this up. I eat an extremely low-fat diet, I'm a vegetarian, and most days I may not get more than 10-20 grams/fat a day.Well I have recently started having a candy bar a day (fundraiser at school) which in itself has 17 grams/fat and I've noticed things are going much more smoothely. If it was the choc doing it I'd most likely have D.So does anyone know anything/have exp with upping dietary fat and easing C? or is this just a nice excuse for me to continue my candy-bar-a-day habit?
 

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i consume as much fat as i think i can get away with. lean meat doesn't pass well for me so i eat a lot of bacon and other ultra-fatty stuff. the meat fat makes my boring veggies more fun to eat (actually, it makes them downright delicious). i have a terrible time keeping my weight up so i take calories anywhere i can find them. i also have never had any negative side effects from the fat. i believe it also helps with the c but can't really prove it. there was a product out a while back that blocked fat from being absorbed into the body. it fell out of popularity because it caused the fat to be passed out in greasy stools. a problem for normal types but sounds good to me.everyone has a different tolerance for saturated fat, so get a cholesterol test before munching on bacon all day.
 

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certain fats are very very helpful to combat C and the primary one is OLIVE OIL! plus, it's good for you. fat from oils and water helps keep the stools soft hence easier to pass. a reminder: Constipation is NOT lack of stool but stool that will not pass due to many different reasons depending on the person, pathology, etc etc. g-
 

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yeah, i think there's a balance you need to find----not too much fat, but not too little either...with all the dieting these days, many of us actually cut our fat too low.now if i eat a plate of fries...i'm asking for trouble, but as ghitta said, olive oil and such are good.
 

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i have a question about fat. what if you do so much cardio training, that ur burning a lot of fat. combine this with a low fat diet, then would u be really low on fat and hence the constipation would be worse?
 

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Am I the only IBS-er who has a few extra lbs on her frame? I've been dieting a bit lately and I've noticed eating less in general is causing fewer than normal BMs which is a pathetically low # to begin with. As for your question, byte, I'm not sure. I know cardio burns fat and calories but exercise is also great for moving things along.I'm wondering if there is such a thing as too little fat in the diet, esp for IBS-C'ers
 

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I don't see any way that increasing one's fat intake could influence constipation. Fats are absorbed in the small bowel and have no impact at least directly on what goes on in the colon.
quote:]certain fats are very very helpful to combat C and the primary one is OLIVE OIL! plus, it's good for you. fat from oils and water helps keep the stools soft hence easier to pass. a reminder:
Since olive oil is absorbed in the small bowel, it never comes into contact with stool.
 

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whatever, Flux. i happen to disagree with you as do many other people on many a subject and let's just agree to disagree but it would be nice if you didn't bombard us with those obnoxious responses. and here's a thought for you: if olive oil doesn't affect C, then why do doctors often advise the intake of mineral oil (which is bad for one) to combat it? are you saying mineral oil goes into the colon but olive oil does not? helloooooooo? g-
 

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quote:are you saying mineral oil goes into the colon but olive oil does not?
Olive oil is the "food" version of oil. Mineral oil is the industrial usage as in motor oil for you car. They are two entirely different chemicals.
 

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Thanks to those of you who contributed WORTHWHILE responses. Flux, you could be the most educated person in the world on IBS but I will never read your posts from now on because of the way you conduct yourself.As for sugar, boy am I accustommed to it! I have an enormous sweet tooth! Perhaps it's just "volume" of food, since veggies and diet foods aren't very bulky but a nice big candy bar is? yum making myself hungry!
 
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