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Healthy Eating for the Digestive System

Our diets can contribute to digestive system difficulties. Many people eat too much processed food and sugar, and not enough fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Poor eating habits, such as eating too quickly or skipping meals, can also be part of the problem. Many digestive problems can be prevented through lifestyle. Be sure to get adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, and fiber.

Following are lists of healthy foods that may be incorporated into your diet. Some people with digestive system difficulties might find that they have problems after eating certain foods. Through a process of trial-and-error, you can find a variety of healthy foods to add to your diet.

Fruit

Apples
Avocados
Bananas
Berries
Canned fruits (canned in fruit juice or water)
Cantaloupe
Grapes
Honeydew melon
Kiwi
Mango
Nectarines
Papaya
Peaches
Pears
Prunes
Watermelon

Vegetables

Asparagus
Beans (green, kidney, lima, navy, soybeans, yellow)
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Corn
Cucumbers
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Mushrooms
Onions
Peas
Peppers (green, red or yellow)
Potatoes
Radishes
Rutabagas
Sauerkraut
Scallions
Spinach
Squash
Tomatoes
Turnips
Vegetable juices
Zucchini

Meat/protein

Eggs
Dried peas, beans, and lentils
Fish
Lean meats
Nuts
Peanut butter
Poultry
Seeds
Tofu

Grain products

Multigrain breads, cereals and crackers
Rice (brown or wild)
Whole wheat pasta

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