People probably don’t think too much about the food that they consume. However, there are several common foods that we eat every day that could be making digestion difficult. Although these treats are known for their health benefits, they could also be hard to digest.
It’s easy to assume that sugary snacks are the bad guys. On the other hand, most of the healthy foods that make up our regular diet can also wreak havoc on our body’s digestive process. Some of these items can’t even be absorbed or digested at all. Here are common foods that are making digestion difficult for your body.
#1. Junk Food
That’s not a big surprise at all. Highly processed food like potato chips and breakfast cereal contain additives that can lengthen their shelf life.
Unfortunately, most of these chemicals are indigestible and could irritate your gut lining. Remember that when you reach for candies later.
Here’s something that will surprise everyone. The fiber in oats, whole grains, fruits, beans, and rice are also indigestible. However, it is an important part of digestive health.
According to experts, both insoluble and soluble fiber are important to the body. The insoluble fiber promotes healthy gut bacteria while soluble fiber is good for your heart.
#3. Dairy Products
There’s a reason why most people are lactose-intolerant. Many of us lack the enzyme that digests lactose in milk and other dairy products.
Luckily, there’s a way to still enjoy dairy without harming your gut. Aged cheese and yogurts contain bacteria that eat sugars and help in their digestion.
#4. Artificial Sweeteners
They might be your go-to alternative for sugar but artificial sweeteners can’t be fully absorbed by the body. Although it’s a great way to avoid calories, aspartame could have a negative effect on digestion.
There’s a good reason why corn always comes out intact after we eat it. The kernels contain cellulose that requires a particular enzyme to be digested. Since humans lack this enzyme, corn passes through our digestive system without much change.
#6. Bell Peppers
The flesh itself is easy to digest. However, the outer skin can be too tough and fibrous for digestion. It might even lead to stomach pains so it’s best to remove the skin before adding peppers to your dishes.
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