Eggplant: The Natural Laxative

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I think that I discovered the perfect laxative (besides coffee). This perfect laxative is all natural, and you can grow it in your garden and cook in many different ways; it is called eggplant. I never knew this vegetable could have such a laxative effect until about a year or so ago. I was suffering from major constipation to the tune of not pooping in three days. I cannot say exactly what triggered this bout of constipation, one which gave me more discomfort than when I experience an IBS flare-up; I can only surmise that it was due to my unemployed status and lack of available jobs at the time. I am an IBS sufferer, and this type of shituation for me is almost unheard of, but it happened.

If they were my only choices, I would rather have diarrhea than constipation. I was at my wits end by the third day of suffering from this dreadful condition, and looked like I was nine months pregnant, because I was so bloated from not pooping. My mother took my wife, Little Shitake, and me out for dinner that night for some Italian food. I was thinking Italian food was the last thing I needed with the known fact that cheese has the tendency to constipate.

She noticed how bloated I was, and wondered why I was gaining weight. My wife promptly informed her that I was constipated, and hence, the bloating. My mother then suggested that I have an eggplant for dinner, and that it usually helped her. Did I mention that I like eggplant? The only eggplant dish the restaurant served was eggplant Parmigiana, so I ordered that and an iced tea, and I hoped for the best. The meal was delicious, and while there was cheese on it, it was not smothered in cheese.

To make a long story short, the eggplant worked, and worked like a charm. Within an hour after arriving home, my stomach started to announce that familiar "I have to poop now" gurgle which I had not felt in three days. I had the most blissful poop that I have ever had. Three days of poop emerged, filling the bowl, and coming out so effortlessly and painlessly that I hardly needed to wipe afterward. I was on the toilet for close to 45 minutes, and they wound up being the best 45 minutes of my life. But it didn't end there: I found myself back in the bathroom for two encore visits, prior to going to bed for the evening. The best part was that I didn't need to use the Fleet laxative that I had bought earlier in the day and had planned on taking the next morning.

Now whenever I eat eggplant, especially when my mother is with me, she likes to jokingly say, "I know what you will be doing in the next hour or two."

I reply back to her, "So do I, Mom. So do I. "

I highly recommend eating eggplant for a natural, comfortable cure for constipation.

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10 Comments on "Eggplant: The Natural Laxative"

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Wow, I had Chinese and eggplant tonight. I just posted a story about it. I hope your right. I'm starting to get the gurgles now. God bless you.

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shitake boy, I could be wrong but I strongly suspect that the bowel loosening effect you experienced was mostly because of the way the eggplant was prepared.

My Japanese wife pickles small eggplants in fermented rice bran and the results are a delicious side dish that has no effect on my regularity.

Eggplant parmesan is usually a fried dish and a fried eggplant soaks up oil like a fried sponge would. Any time I eat fried foods that are oily I end up extruding a load of soft little floaters that plunk effortlessly from my ring-piece into the bowl. You might have had the same effect by just swigging a few ounces of olive oil without the eggplant.

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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Thank you Mageofpoop, and I look forward to your post...Chief, eggplant will do that to me regardless of how it is prepared. I have had eggplant in Chinese food, and have had the same effect afterwards as well. Fried foods doesn't always prompt a quick bowel movement for me. I frequently cook with olive oil, and that has no less or more of an effect on my bowels. But, none the less, the eggplant works for me without fail, regardless of how it is prepared. But I very rarely get constipated to begin with. Daphne...thanks :) btw, I love the graphic you posted for my story,...

In search of the ever evasive BM

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I've never tried eggplant for regularity, but rhubarb was my surprise laxative that I discovered when I was visiting my inlaws' farm one weekend. I got a little constipated and for dinner one night, my mother in law had a great rhubarb crisp. I ended up eating quite a bit of it and yeah, it does clean you out. I found out that rhubarb was medicinally used as a laxative for years before people decided to eat it. Yet one more reason to have a garden, right?

An apple a day keeps the ExLax away!

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High concentrated tamarindo frescos have been known to clear me out.

Somethin' mysterious made an exit from the gift shop.

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We had an eggplant dish the other night that my wife had fixed about 45 years ago and then forgotten about: sort of like pancakes, with the eggplant mushed up and combined with an egg and some other ingredients in small amounts, separated into smallish balls, rolled in corn meal, then flattened with a spatula and fried on a hot skillet. Delicious! But no laxative effect; just normal bowel function the next morning. The eggplant was rather mature and quite seedy, and I did see some seeds on the paper after wiping. Wonderful food, but I've never noticed it affecting my bowels. Haven't had rhubarb for years and do not remember its effect, if any.

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It might be just an individual sensitivity. I don’t believe that eggplant is a laxative in general. Here in Egypt, we eat lots of eggplant cooked in various ways, and I neither experienced, nor heard such a thing.

Okra is another matter.

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I found an Italian cooking site that did state that eggplant had a mild laxative effect although it is so mild I never noticed it. I love Baba ghanoush (baba ganush, baba ghannouj or baba ghannoug) there seems to be as many ways to spell this dish as there is to prepare it.

I was surprised by your comment on okra. I eat a very high fiber diet and have done so all my life. Okra is one of my favorite vegetables, I enjoy it fried, grilled, boiled, and raw. I am hardly ever constipated, perhaps my okra consumption has something to do with this.

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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It might not be just the fiber. It might have to do with okra being mucilaginous. Another known dish here that is mucilaginous, and which also has some laxative effect is Mulukhiyah (Jew's mallow soup). Okra also belongs to the mallow family, so I think there might be some correlation here.

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I have discovered that the long skinny Chinese eggplants make wonderful butt plugs. So if eggplant causes you to suffer from diarrhea just plug your balloon knot with one of those. It seems fitting than the offending fruit should come to the rescue.

Martha Stewart