4. Foods Chemically Altered to Be Fat-Free
In the quest to be healthy and lose weight, the array of available products touted as “fat-free” may seem like healthy options. In reality, any foods that have been processed or treated to remove fat are probably not healthy choices. Often, foods labeled as fat-free are high in sugars, which are not only unhealthy, but also can cause bloating and diarrhea. These processed foods are often low in nutrients and high in additives. Replace processed fat-free items with whole foods that contain the protein, fiber, vitamins, and even healthy fats your body needs.
3. Alcoholic Beverages
Anyone who has had a few too many knows that alcohol can have a damaging effect on your stomach. Alcohol is an irritant to the lining of the stomach, and too much can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Additionally, alcohol stimulates the creation of excess stomach acid, which can erode the lining of the stomach and result in stomach ulcers and pain. To prevent damage to your stomach, avoid binge drinking. The Centers for Disease Control Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than two alcoholic beverages per day for men and one for women.
2. Pre-Packaged Bakery Items
Pre-packaged baked goods such as breads, cookies, and cakes are high in saturated fats and refined sugars. In addition, they are usually high in refined white flour and lack the fiber necessary for good digestive health. While it may be okay to indulge in baked treats once in a while, try making them at home where you can control the amount of sugar in them. Try swapping white flour for whole wheat in recipes to add fiber to your diet.
1. High-Sodium Snacks
Snacks high in salt content such as pretzels, potato chips, and crackers can cause bloating by drawing extra water into your digestive tract. Too much salt can lead to water retention, dehydration, and high blood pressure. Additionally, Dr. Stephanie Fay of the World Cancer Research Fund reports that high-salt foods like meats, fish, and vegetables preserved by salting increase the risk of stomach cancer. The National Kidney Foundation suggests decreasing salt in your diet by consuming fresh meats and vegetables, checking labels on frozen and canned goods, and choosing seasonings other than salt.Related: 6 Warning Signs of Stomach Cancer that have Nothing to do with Pain