The Trendy Yellow Fruit That Can Make You Poop Quickly

You can always go to TikTok to find the latest health trends and "cures" for whatever ails you. Sure, some are somewhat valid, while others are a miss or just unhealthy. At Health Map, we've tried many of these hacks to alleviate constipation, like acupressure, spicy orange, and olive oil. But let's face it: the most common causes of constipation are lack of exercise, lack of hydration, and lack of fiber.

If you want to poop quickly, it's probably not wise to overwhelm your system with a ton of fiber at once. Yet one TikTok user, theelectriceats, suggests eating two yellow dragon fruits (not red, she says) to either cure constipation or detox your system. It works so well that she advises "canceling plans you have for today." She claims to have visited the bathroom seven times within two hours. Of course, some people said eating two yellow dragon fruits was too much at once, so they cut down on their dose. Is there something miraculous about yellow dragon fruit that can make you poop quickly? Let's break down some of the nutrients in dragon fruit.

Fructose and fiber can make you poop

You'll find different colored varieties of dragon fruit, such as white, red, or yellow, but the red-fleshed kinds have the highest antioxidants, according to a 2022 article in Molecules. The yellow dragon fruit has white flesh. The two types of dragon fruit flesh slightly differ in terms of their sugar content. Although both types of fruit have glucose as the main sugar, the white-fleshed dragon fruit (from yellow dragon fruit) has significantly more fructose than the red-fleshed one.

Why does this matter? Fructose can cause diarrhea when consumed in large amounts at once, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders. The TikTok user who touted the yellow dragon fruit to quash constipation suggested two whole dragon fruits at once with nothing else. If you're not used to eating that much fruit at once, you might experience loose bowels.

You'll also find 5 grams of fiber in a 6-ounce serving of dragon fruit to get things moving in your digestive system. The soluble fiber found in yellow dragon fruit (and other fruits) helps give bulk to your stool and keeps you regular. Eating two dragon fruits at a time will give you a whopping 10 grams of fiber. Your digestive system might declare mutiny if you're not used to eating that much fiber in a single sitting.

Nutrients in dragon fruit that are healthy

Even if you don't have constipation, you might want to add a little dragon fruit to your diet. According to a 2018 article in the International Journal of Agricultural Science and Research, the fiber and the oligosaccharides are good for your digestive health. Although dragon fruit has a high glycemic index, the fiber helps stabilize spikes in blood sugar. Dragon fruit has phenols, flavonoids, sterols, fatty acids, and tocopherol that can improve your health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, according to a 2023 study in Pharmaceutics. Antioxidants such as betalains can minimize oxidative stress due to exercise and disease. Anthocyanins found in the red dragon fruit can prevent the production of harmful substances in the body and reduce inflammation.

Dragon fruit powder can reduce cholesterol in healthy people and lower blood sugar in people who are pre-diabetic. People who have type 2 diabetes can manage their blood sugar levels if they eat dragon fruit every day. After a heavy meal, dragon fruit can mitigate blood pressure and blood sugar. Dragon fruit might also improve the function of your blood vessels and reduce the stiffness in your arteries.