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How to Make Hard-to-Digest Foods Easy on Your Stomach

Make These Hard-to-Digest Foods Easy on the Tummy

It's not a stomach of steel you're after. You don't need to be able to devour a bowl of spicy chili without even a single burp. You'd be happy with a stomach that could handle a simple apple. Unfortunately every body is different, and some of us are born with sensitive stomachs, but you don't have to take it lying down (or in the bathroom). Some foods are harder to digest than others, but here are some ways to make those hard-to-digest foods easier on your belly.

  • Green peppers: These veggies are actually unripe, so eating them raw in a salad makes them tough to digest for many people. Instead, enjoy your green peppers grilled, roasted, or sauteed. If it's raw peppers you crave, choose red, orange, or yellow.
  • Dairy: If you're full-on lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy milk, cheese, and ice cream with ease. Just pop a Lactaid pill with your first bite of dairy-containing food and you're good to go. It contains the lactase enzyme (that your body doesn't produce enough of) to break down the lactose milk sugar. You can also buy Lactaid brand milk to pour on your cereal.
  • For ways to stomach other difficult-to-digest foods.

  • Apples and pears: These high-fiber fruits seem so innocent and healthy, but for many people, eating one leads to uncomfortable bloating and gas. Ease these into your diet by either eating a couple slices at a time, or by eating them with other foods like yogurt or cereal. It may also help to peel the skin and let your body get used to the flesh first.
  • Beans: Packed with protein and fiber, these little gems are known to cause an embarrassing issue once consumed. To nip this problem in the bud, it helps to gradually introduce them into your diet, and eat them with easily digestible foods like rice or bread. If you make your own using dried beans, pour out the water that the beans soaked in and add fresh water once they're ready to cook.

Have any other tricks for making hard-to-digest foods easier on your belly? Share them in the comments section below.

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tigrelis28 tigrelis28 4 years
\u00a0@SaraJeanQueen\u00a0i've been having the same issues. I've been reading that corn in general is hard to digest. I've been limiting my amount and feeling better. Problem is i love corn!
UFLauren UFLauren 4 years
LaurenRose1 LaurenRose1 4 years
I always follow a bean dish with a fennel tea - the flavours compliment each other and it helps soothe a bloated tummy! :)I didn't know green capsicum was raw! No wonder it has such a funny taste! I also have difficulty digesting onion, so i tend to chop it into BIG pieces and use it in my sauce/stir-fry etc \u00a0then take it out so that I get the flavour but not the bloating and cramps :) xxx
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Well green peppers are yucky raw anyways so there!
mtn-girl mtn-girl 6 years
I put an inch of kombu (sea plant) in the boiling water of my quinoa. This is supposed to even out the alkiline and reduce gas. You throw out the kombu when your done.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
What about corn? I recently had a big corn on the cob (along with chips and a BBQ burger, which I eat often in my diet). I hadn't eaten corn since the holidays. I had a VERY painful evening with a lot of odd bloating, stomach cramps, gas, etc. I wasn't drinking any alcohol or carbonated drinks (just water). Could it have been the corn I ate???
dania_r dania_r 6 years
green peppers!!! painful!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Broccoli and cabbage are hard on my tummy, but I find that if I eat them with caraway seeds on them, it really helps.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Apples make my stomach BURN like crazy. Eating just a little doesn't help.
landanimal landanimal 6 years
Noooo don't peel your fruits! There is so much nutrition in them! I think easing into eating more and more of all of these foods is the best advice. Your body can adjust.
Sundown321 Sundown321 6 years
When it comes to eating beans, cumin is known for helping reduce that embarrassing issue that beans tend to cause! Plus, cumin tastes great in most bean dishes!
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