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Is something in your diet causing diarrhea?

Learn how to identify the foods or ingredients that give you the runs.


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As we age, our digestive systems can become more sensitive to certain types of foods and methods of food preparation. While you once may have handled the spiciest of foods without breaking a sweat, now that super-hot chicken curry gives you the digestive drama known as diarrhea—uncomfortable, unformed, watery stool.

Sometimes diarrhea occurs because of an underlying condition, or as a side effect of a medication (see "Other causes of diarrhea"). However, diet is often the cause.

Triggers

The following can cause loose stools or make them worse.

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