LIFESTYLE & COMMUNITY

5 Hard-To-Digest Foods That People Usually Eat

Date July 15, 2019

Not all eating habits are equally bad or good. Sometimes our diet routinely consists of food that not only leads to excess weight or constipation, but also is not digested by the stomach at all. We simply don’t know about most of these products, even though we consume them every day! Watch out, these are the secret enemies!

1. Highly processed food

Everyone knows about the dangers of chips and crackers. It turns out that the list of universally favored snacks that are difficult or absolutely impossible to ferment in the stomach is much longer. It includes frozen meals, candies, and even oatmeal, the beneficial effects of which don’t leave any doubt. All of these products contain trans fats, additives, and are processed in nitrates and acids to retain shape and lengthen storage time. Needless to say that this chemistry is too aggressive for the stomach.

2. Bran and whole grain

We know that we need to consume fiber every day in order to facilitate digestion. And this is correct. It’s just that vegetable fibers contained in whole grains, cereals, and beans are not digested at all. Consequently, our body gains neither energy nor calories from them.

3. Bell pepper

Some people don’t eat it at all since bell pepper can cause gas and stomach ache if eaten raw. The skin of bell pepper is hard to break down fully by gastric juice, and it’s not fully digested.

4. White bread

This product is on the daily menu of many people. Bread makes the food more filling and enjoyable, but few people suspect what it costs our body. It contains a lot of starch, and no fiber, because it is made from processed flour. If you still consume white fluffy bread along with every meal, quitting this habit will be a good decision.

5. Sweeteners

When we enjoy our morning cup of coffee with sugar, we often blame everything on the latter, including an increased risk of diabetes, cholesterol plaques, and the appearance of love handles. Don’t try to replace it with various sweeteners – this way you will inhibit digestion. For example, such sweeteners as aspartame don’t provide calories and are not absorbed into the blood, but accumulate in the body.

However, don’t despair – if you eat these products in small quantities and not every day, then they will do you practically no harm. Also, try to follow these recommendations:

  • if you can’t refuse legumes, soak them in water overnight to remove harmful phytic acid;
  • eat greens, make cocktails with it, add it to salads and first courses;
  • eat cooked vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, corn, etc.);
  • eat nuts raw, because after heat treatment they lose their valuable oils;
  • give your preference to root crops containing magnesium and potassium;
  • try adding enzymes and eliminate gluten from your diet;
  • drink herbal teas.

Bonus question: is it healthy to drink water while eating?

The eternal question, which used to cause heated debates between supporters and opponents of the need to drink water for better digestion, has been finally resolved. Any food is exposed to liquids twice: saliva in the mouth and gastric juice in the stomach. Yogis say that drinking cold water extinguishes digestive fire and medicine says that the breaking down of food into components is slowed down and inhibited when exposed to water. This way, the eaten food doesn’t give all of its nutrients. If you want to drink water, do it 20-30 minutes before or 30-40 after a meal.

We wish you strong health and excellent digestion!


This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.