Constipation relief: olives help because of sugar alcohols

Lolinda

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Since years I am always in danger of getting constipated but usually I manage. And, I always wondered why I eat copious amounts of olives. I never made the connection. I just knew I am addicted to them :) and they are somehow good for me. Then it happened again: some failed experiment messed up my gut and I got badly constipated. I did not understand why I went straight to the shop and bought a 150g bag of olives and emptied it in a day. Next day again. Constipation relieved! Dr Google answered:

http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/food/fruits/
SUGAR ALCOHOLS
Plants have evolved over hundreds of millions of years to use animals for their own purposes, and they know what they are doing. Not only have they made most fruits sweet, delicious, and easy to pick, they have also included in the flesh of the fruit sugar alcohols, like sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol. If you have ever eaten “sugar-free” chocolates or candies that contain sugar alcohols, you know that they can have a laxative effect. This is no accident. Fruits contain sugar alcohols to speed the seed along its route through your body. This is also why prunes, which are high in the sugar alcohol sorbitol, are famous for relieving constipation. Plants want you to transport their seeds, they do not want you to digest and destroy them. The longer it takes for a seed to travel through an animal’s gastrointestinal tract, the higher the chance that it will be damaged in the process, so the plant would like its seeds to move through you as quickly as possible.
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/sugar-alcohol-diabetes-friendly/
Mannitol is 50 to 70 percent as sweet as sugar. It is found in carrots, olives and asparagus

Just wanted to post you these, hoping it helps some. I don't think there is anything special to olives, 100 other things will do, too. But olives should be compatible with most diets on earth, even my ketogenic diet (which is constipating, slightly). Exceptions are if you need to eat low salt or low salicylates.

Until now, my generally high olives consumption was always a mystery to me... How on earth can it be that I crave them so much when they are devoid of any nutrients?? Look at this table: This is the - non existant - nutritional value of 100g olives..... All it has is lots of that so precious ssssssoooodium! :D

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Since years I am always in danger of getting constipated but usually I manage. And, I always wondered why I eat copious amounts of olives. I never made the connection. I just knew I am addicted to them :) and they are somehow good for me. Then it happened again: some failed experiment messed up my gut and I got badly constipated. I did not understand why I went straight to the shop and bought a 150g bag of olives and emptied it in a day. Next day again. Constipation relieved!

@Lolinda

Yes, and the fat in olives (monounsaturated) are known to stimulate bile flow, another major necessity for proper bowel function. I can get the documentation on that, but it doesn't take a scientist to know that it works.

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Yes, and the fat in olives (monounsaturated) are known to stimulate bile flow, another major necessity for proper bowel function. I can get the documentation on that, but it doesn't take a scientist to know that it works.
I did find this study: Effect of Different Olive Oils on Bile Excretion in Rats Fed Cholesterol-Containing and Cholesterol-Free Diets

Also, there is this study: Ca2+ antagonist and cholinergic activities explain the medicinal use of olive in gut disorders
 
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@Eastman

Thanks for doing the legwork! The reason why I knew this already is that my wife's (PWR) cancer doctor used the combination of olive oil and fresh grapefruit juice (an old naturopathic recipe) to enable gallstones to come out during a fast called a Liver Cleanse. We both did many of these, and we saw hundreds of stones come out, green, brown, etc.

I know that some have posted skeptical messages on this forum about it, but PWR & I noticed immediate improvement in our symptoms (within days of completing the cleanse). And my wife's ovarian cancer was cured without surgery, chemo or radiation.

I have begun to write about her doctor's approach to cancer here: http://forums.phoenixrising.me/index.php?entries/pt-1-cancer-mcs-and-me.2359/

I plan to do a follow-up soon.

RWP
 
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@Lolinda

One great tip from Alton Brown (no-brainer) to remove the salt in olives (for those who are salt-sensitive due to high BP) is to soak them at least 24 hours in water; we usually go 48. Works great, though the oils get drained off too.

RWP