Acid reflux is more common that a lot of us care to admit. Acid reflux and digestion issues have been related to some of the foods and drinks we consume and avoiding such can help you live a normal life.
Foods containing rapidly fermentable carbohydrates (FODMAPs) tend to feed bacteria in your gut and have been said to be responsible for gut inflammation, gas, bloating, and other uncomfortable tummy troubles. Cutting back on foods in this category can help to improve digestion and stop gastrointestinal problems.
Here are some common foods that you should avoid if you are prone to digestion issues.
Watermelon isn’t harmless simply because it contains plenty water. Watermelon is high in fructose, fructans, and polyols, which are FODMAPs.
Some fermented foods are bad for the tummy of some people, while others are good. Examples of fermented foods include wine, cheese, vinegar and yogurt. In yogurt, milk is combined with bacterias that break down some of the lactose, so what remains may be easier for your stomach to process.
As such, fermented foods such as yogurt are often considered “probiotic foods” that are good for your gut. It is best you look out for Look dairy products that are low in lactose to prevent digestion problems.
Cashews, Hazelnuts, and Almonds
While a lot of nuts are good for you, Cashews are bad because they are high in fructans which is a FODMAPs. Hazelnuts and almonds are a little higher in FODMAPs than some other nuts and it is best you eat them in limited quantities.
Fresh and canned tomatoes are absolutely good for your tummy. However, tomato paste is a concentrated form of tomato that has excess fructose, a FODMAP that should only be consumed in small quantities.
Tomato sauces are good if they are homemade and are not cooked to the point where all the nutrients are lost. A lot of commercially sold sauces have onions and garlic (FODMAPs), added sugar (which may make it carb dense), and salt (which bloats you), so steer clear of them.
Grapefruit contains fructans that are difficult to digest. As such, it is best you reduce the amount you eat. Eating a few sections of the fruit is okay. If you’re looking for citrus, lemon, lime, and oranges are your best bets.
Some of the worst foods for digestion are acidic foods such as ranges and tomatoes. They have been known to be responsible for heartburn, but studies have shown that acidic foods don’t have any effect on the doorway between the esophagus and the stomach, and don’t cause heartburn symptoms.
If you however have severe acid reflux that hasn’t been treated and has irritated the oesophagus, acidic foods can be painful. If you discover that oranges or tomatoes do make your heartburn feel worse, replace them with other fruits.
All dairy foods don’t contain the same amount of lactose which is known to be responsible for digestion issues. More so, people with lactose intolerance are usually okay with small amounts of lactose.
What this means is that not all milk, cheeses, and dairy products can affect your tummy. Plain Greek yogurt is relatively low in lactose because more of the lactose-containing liquid whey is drained off than in regular yogurt.
You should however look out for processed cheeses and flavoured yogurts that may have milk, whey, or other milk products added back in for flavour; as those can increase the lactose content again.