Did you know beans aren’t the only thing that can hurt your digestion and cause bloating or gas? There are many foods that can make you feel uncomfortable after a meal.

Paying attention to the following foods/substances may reduce your digestive discomfort:

Artificial Sugars

Researchers have found that fake sugars such as aspartame or sucralose can affect the gut. They can change the good bacteria in your gut leading to digestive issues.

Artificial sugars are common in diet sodas, but they can hide in other things as well. You’ll find them in juice, gum, candy, and other sweets. They can also appear in baked goods or processed foods that claim to be low calorie or sugar-free.


Have you ever read the label on a yogurt container and wondered what carrageenan is? It’s a common preservative that often appears in dairy products.

It’s made from seaweed, but it can affect your digestive system. Some studies claim that it can raise your risk of cancer. Researchers know that it increases inflammation in the gut, so you want to avoid it.

It tends to appear in milk, yogurt, ice cream, and other common foods.


I can hear the moans already! You may depend on it to start your day, but does your stomach hate it? If you notice digestive issues after drinking a cup of coffee, you can blame the caffeine and other additives the coffee may have.

Coffee can cause stomach irritation and dehydration because it acts like a diuretic.

The caffeine in coffee can irritate your digestive tract and make you feel uncomfortable after just one cup. It can also cause heartburn and is an acidic beverage.

If you’re adding cream, milk, sugar, or syrups to your coffee, then the issue becomes even more complex. Any of these ingredients can cause you stomach pain and bloating. You may want to reduce or eliminate them.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

These common vegetables can be hard for some people to digest. They’re healthy vegetables, and doctors often recommend them, but they can hurt your stomach.

The raffinose sugar naturally found in broccoli and cauliflower is the root of the pain. This sugar isn’t easy for the human body to digest, so it takes time to get rid of it. Meanwhile, it builds up and causes bloating or gas.

Fried Foods

Fried foods such as French fries or nuggets that have been cooked in oil at high temperatures can be an issue.

Fried foods are high in fat and have little fiber. This makes it more difficult for your body to digest them. In addition, the carbohydrate content tends to be high in fried foods, so you can experience gas or bloating.

Digestion issues can appear if you eat foods that irritate your stomach or are hard to digest and absorb. You can take steps to limit or eliminate these foods and focus on other options that won’t hurt you.

If you’d like some free gut-friendly recipes to get you on your way to optimal health, drop me an email at fran@francinealleyne.com and we can set up a time to have a chat! 

Yours in health and wellness,

Francine Alleyne (RHNP™)

Holistic Nutritionist and

Registered Holistic Nutrition Practitioner™

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DISCLAIMER: Please consult your healthcare practitioner if you are experiencing any symptoms.  I am not a doctor. This post and anything else you find on my website is intended for informational, educational and self-empowerment purposes ONLY and is not intended to treat or diagnose any condition or disease.