What foods and drinks should I avoid to help prevent diarrhea?

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Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Specific foods may trigger diarrhea in some people. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) has identified a number of foods you might try eliminating from your diet to see if your symptoms improve. According to the NIDDK, potential sources of trouble include caffeine, cured or smoked meats, spicy foods, alcohol, dairy products, fruits, fatty and greasy foods, and sweeteners (such as sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol, and fructose) that are found in many diet drinks, fruit drinks, sugarless gum, and candies.

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