Hard to Digest...
This is neat. MSN Health & Fitness list the ten foods toughest to digest. I thought these three were particularly relevant. Take a look:
Onions and their cousins like garlic, leeks and shallots are filled with a variety of phytonutrient compounds—some of which seem to offer healthy, heart-protective benefits, and some of which cause stomach distress (or it could be the same compounds that do both). Cooking them seems to deactivate some of the problem-causing compounds. But on the chance that you’re also deactivating some of the good stuff, dietician Mary Ryan, suggests using mix of cooked and raw so that you can reap the benefits without suffering the consequences.
Broccoli and Raw Cabbage
These fiber- and nutrient-rich vegetables are incredibly healthy, but they are also well-known for causing gas buildup in the gut. Fortunately, the solution is simple. “Cooking them—or even just blanching them slightly—will deactivate the sulfur compounds that cause gas,” explains Ryan.
BeansI like that they don’t discourage people from eating these veggies. Instead, they suggest eating more of them! Now, here’s the other seven courtesy of HealthandMan:
Beans have such a notorious reputation for causing gastric distress that they even spawned their own rhyme (come on, you all know it! “Beans, beans …”). And there is some truth to it. The enzyme needed to break down beans is found only in our stomach bacteria. And if you don’t routinely eat beans, you might not have enough of this enzyme to comfortably digest them. The result, of course, is gas and bloating. Cooking beans in soup can help—the extra fluid will help digest the large amounts of fiber beans contain, and the extra cooking time will start breaking the beans down even before you eat them. By adding beans to your diet gradually, you will help build up the enzyme necessary to digest them without issue.
Fried Chicken Nuggets: Battered and deep fried spell trouble for just about any food you throw down your gullet.You know this list of seven looks a lot like the typical standard American diet to me. No wonder why so many people are grumpy—they’re bloated!
Spicy Foods: Can cause heartburn due to esophageal irritation.
Chocolate: Causes your esophageal sphincter to relax allowing stomach acids to creep back up (uh-h-h-h-h, He said Sphincter).
Citrus Juices: Extra acids in the stomach cause irritating stomach aches.
Mashed Potatoes: Can be a nuisance to lactate intolerable persons due to added milk.
Ice Cream: Goes down so good…but there is that whole lactose problem again.
Sugar Free Gum: Another culprit of gas…I never knew. That explains a lot.
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