We tend to believe that our stomach is prepared to receive any food, and that our body will be able to process it simply because it is food. But the reality is that our digestive system is complex and that some products, not being entirely adequate or having an excess of harmful ingredients, manage to put our stomach to the limit and generate problems at the time of digestion. But do you know what foods are difficult to digest?

  1. One of the most difficult foods for our body to digest is milk and all its derivatives: yogurt, cheese or ice cream. There are many reasons why dairy products limit our stomach, including:
  • Our stomach is not prepared to properly assimilate the milk of any animal simply because we are not its offspring, so we do not have the enzymes to properly digest the lactose and other proteins in this product. Humans should only consume milk when we are babies and preferably from our mother.
  • Lactose is a slowly digested ingredient, which increases heaviness and discomfort when digesting it.
  • It is also a high fat product that does not benefit our body. Although skimmed dairy products are available on the market, and may be milder, they will still be difficult to digest because the lactose will be intact in the product.

2. Among the hard-to-digest foods, fries, pastries, and generally products high in trans-fat, are on the winners list. When we eat a plate full of fried foods, we give our stomach a much higher fat intake than it can handle, which can cause inflammation, heaviness and abdominal discomfort, especially if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

3. The onion and garlic raw, although they are common ingredients in many foods, are also extremely difficult to digest by our body, slowing digestion and producing gases. It is advisable to consume them in moderation and preferably cooked, to reduce their flatulent effects and facilitate digestion.

4. The same is the case with legumes such as chickpeas, beans, lentils or beans. These foods are highly flatulent and very heavy to digest, so it is normal that after consuming them we feel bloated and uncomfortable. To avoid these symptoms, it is recommended to soak the legumes before cooking them, and always do it with plenty of liquid, to allow their effects on our body to be less intense.

5. The milk chocolate comes also on the list of foods difficult to digest for several reasons. The first and clearest is its lactose and fat content, but also chocolate itself is a stimulant that can cause irritation and intestinal discomfort, making the process difficult.

If you enjoy chocolate, better consume it dark.

6. Other difficult to digest foods whose intake you should moderate are:

  • Broccoli, cabbage, and all the raw vegetables from this family. Consume them always cooked
  • Spicy and highly seasoned foods
  • Foods with a lot of processed sugar such as goodies


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