7 Healthy Foods That Can Cause Digestive Problems
Eating healthy is good for you, right? Well, not always as eating ‘good foods’ can cause some unpleasant side effects if you happen to eat too much of it and are not careful about the timing and manner you consume them.
Take a look at healthy foods that can make you feel bloated, gassy and uncomfortable in the mid section.
1) Whole grains
Of course ditching refined carbs is the right thing to do, but why does a whole wheat toast make you feel heavy? The reason is that whole grains have fibre and eating too much of it at once can cause gas, belching and bloating. If you happen to be in the process of switching from refined carbs to complex fibre rich carbs, then you should be doing it slowly so that your body gets enough time to adjust to the new food. When you have a fibre-rich meal, drink water to help with digestion.
2) Almond milk
This nut milk is definitely the best for those who want to give dairy a miss or are lactose intolerant. It is low in calories and has low amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. However, when you get a ready-made pack of almond milk, it can contain carrageenan (a thickening agent obtained from seaweed) that has been linked to digestive problems. Many brands don’t add it, so check the ingredients list before buying. You can always make pure almond milk at home. Here is how-Click!
3) Raw cruciferous veggies
Cruciferous veggies like broccoli, bok choy are great for health and help ward off cancer. However, they are not very friendly with the tummy when eaten raw. Cruciferous veggies have a compound that produces gas. Moreover, they contain soluble fibre that doesn’t break down till it reaches the small intestine and this leads to an upset tummy and bloating.
However, this doesn’t mean that you need to bid farewell to cruciferous veggies. The veggies become easy to digest when steamed. Steaming also preserves cancer-fighting compounds.
For the lactose intolerant, dairy can be troublesome but even those who are not lactose intolerant can face unpleasant symptoms on overindulging in a bowl of ice-cream (or any other dairy). Eating too much of dairy leads to its digestion in the large intestine in place of the stomach and this can cause diarrhea and gas. Focus on having just 3 servings of dairy in a day.
Beans are well known for producing gas. They contain starches that cannot be digested in the small intestine. It ends up in bacterial fermentation in the large intestine. However, it is the way you cook that matters a lot. Soak the beans overnight to reduce the starch. Adding ginger and asafoetida (hing) in the beans curry is a great idea to ward off gas.
6) Dried fruit
Dried fruit is often the better snacking options when compared to junk food. However, if you don’t controlled portions, you might get all gassy. Fruits have fructose, the naturally occurring sugar. When dried, the sugar gets more concentrated. Dried fruit also has more fibre; fibre plus sugar leads to fermentation in the intestine that can make you have gas trouble. However, restricting your consumption of dried fruit to 1/4th a cup serving at a time is a great way to avoid gas formation and you can enjoy the tasty dried fruits!
Corn is a very nutritious food but it can cause gastrointestinal distress. Corn is known to contain cellulose, which is a fibre that we cannot be broken down in the body properly. If you don’t chew it properly it will pass undigested through the intestine and result in an upset stomach. So, the fix to this is to make sure that you chew on the corn for long in order to break the cellulose.
So, there were some otherwise healthy foods that can cause digestive problems. Just be aware and careful so that you can get most from these foods without having to face the embarrassing side effects.
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