matter what your digestive health issues are, you’ll probably benefit from choosing
whole foods over processed foods. Processed foods are foods that have been changed
food companies before you eat them. Whole foods are foods that are eaten in their
natural state, like an apple or tomato.
Processed foods often have a lot of added (and unwanted) fat, sugar, and salt. A lot
of their original nutrients may be lost as well. For instance, whole grains have their
outer shells removed to become processed grains, such as white flour. As a rule, whole
foods are better for your digestive health and your overall health. Here are simple
swaps to make:
Choose brown grains, such as brown rice and
steel-cut oatmeal, over white grains like packaged pasta and white rice.
Choose whole fresh fruits and vegetables over canned fruits and vegetables.
Don't have processed junk foods, desserts,
sodas, juices with added sugar, canned soups, and snack foods.
Shop around the outside perimeter of your grocery store to find the whole foods.
digestive complaints don't cause long-term problems. But if you notice any unusual
symptoms that don’t go away, call your healthcare provider.