The 9 Worst Foods for Your Digestion

1. Fried foods

High-fat fried foods can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Additionally, fried foods have been linked to acid reflux.

2. Sugar alcohols

Some individuals may experience bloating and indigestion when consuming sugar-free candies, gum, and other sugar-free foods containing sugar alcohols.

3. High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener used to create candies and baked goods, and it can cause gas, diarrhea, bloating, and cramps in certain individuals.

4. Citrus fruit

Some people may experience indigestion after consuming citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemon, and limes.

5. Peppermint

Some people have reported peppermint to cause reflux and indigestion. The esophageal sphincter, which is located between the stomach and esophagus, can be relaxed by peppermint.

6. Beans

Oligosaccharides, which are non-digestible, fermentable fibers, are present in beans and may cause abdominal discomfort, gas, and bloating.

7. Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, kale, and collard greens. They are members of the cabbage family.

8. Spicy food

Some individuals are sensitive to spicy foods, which can lead to acid reflux and indigestion. Spicy foods can relax the membrane between the stomach and esophagus.

9. Chocolate

Chocolate, like peppermint and citrus fruits, can cause the esophageal sphincter (or valve) to relax, which can contribute to heartburn and indigestion.