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Some people are sensitive to gluten -- a protein in breads, pasta, and other baked goods -- which can cause a range of symptoms, from diarrhea to constipation.
If you suspect certain foods may be causing your symptoms, try eliminating them from your diet one at a time.
The answer to this question can be different for each person. Just because a particular food is a common food trigger for diarrhea, doesn't mean it is for you. You should make a serious attempt to figure out your personal food triggers if you have chronic diarrhea. If you limit your diet too much based on everything you read and hear about, you might not get a wide enough variety of essential nutrients!
One way to begin figuring this out is to keep a food and symptom diary. You might begin to notice a pattern. Remember, there can be a delay between the time you eat the offending food and the symptoms you experience, so look back at least a day when a problem crops up. For example, one of my patients thought his breakfast food was causing diarrhea, but we traced the problem back to lactose intolerance from eating ice cream the night before each incident of diarrhea. If the diary doesn't help you figure out your food triggers, you might learn a lot from trying a kind of learning diet called an "elimination diet". Ask your health care provider if an elimination diet can help you, or seek help from a dietitian.