Food That Cause Indigestion

A balanced diet is a major contributor to good health and growth but at the same time, 
not all food are suitable for everyone. People with a history of gas, bloating and indigestion
need to avoid certain food that may be triggers of indigestion.

For our healthy gut we can easily eliminate or restrict these food to help in having a healthy
digestive system. Here is a list of some food that cause indigestion and need to be avoided or
consumed in small quantities.

1. Sweets And Baked Goods
Sweets, processed baked goods, cakes, and fried foods are a major trigger for indigestion
since all these are commonly known to have a higher concentration of fats that can cause
indigestion*. These are made using refined sugar and artificial color and preservatives
and often contain high quantities of refined flour as well, that can be difficult to digest.

2. Sweet Carbonated Soft Drinks
Soft drinks, often carbonated have been shown to have a correlation with night time heart
burn *. Switching to natural and herbal drinks like fresh juices and water could be a better
option.

3. Packaged Foods And Fast Food*
Processed and packaged snack foods as well as fast foods such as burgers, pizzas, chips and
other snacks are loaded with sodium and preservatives making it difficult for the body to
digest them. Apart from being unhealthy, they are usually difficult to digest as well due to
being heavily fried as well as loaded with salt, fat and additives.

4. Red Meat And Other High Fat Food*
High-fat food, creamy curries, and red meats take a long time to digest, cause indigestion and
put a strain on the body leading to stress and inadequate sleep. Eating them in moderation
rather than going on a binge may be helpful.

5. Coffee
Coffee is loaded with caffeine and is acidic; this is a trigger for the stomach to produce more
acid and leads to indigestion.*

6. Milk And Cheese
Dairy products and cheese can cause indigestion mainly because of the sugar lactose found in
them*. Curd and a few soft cheeses can be consumed, as they do not cause indigestion. This
depends on each individual and if you find yourself facing indigestion frequently, keep a food
diary to narrow down on the cause in consultation with a doctor.

7. Chocolate
Chocolate is sweet, has caffeine and is high in fat*- all these add up to ensure indigestion,
especially since most of us eat milk chocolate rather than its healthier cousin, dark chocolate.
Indulge your sweet tooth in moderation.

8. Spicy Food*
Chillies, peppers and spicy food are major triggers for indigestion. The foods that are loaded
with chilly and spices as well as pepper or too much salt increase indigestion in some people.
Since individual reaction to spice varies, assess your own reaction to spicy food.

9. Alcohol
Alcohol is also a trigger for indigestion as it increases the production of stomach acids. Binge
drinking, in particular has been related to indigestion.*

10. Tomatoes And Citrus Food
Tomatoes and citrus food like lemon, oranges, grapefruits and limes are healthy but are acidic
in nature and therefore can cause trouble if you are already prone to indigestion.* This does
not always mean that you need to completely avoid them, but watching out for your triggers
can help you take a decision.

These are the major food to be avoided if you suffer from chronic indigestion. Eating in small
quantities or choosing alternate healthy replacements will ensure better health for your stomach.
If the problem is very frequent, you should definitely consult a doctor as well to help you identify
the root cause and eliminate or control it.

*References:

Dietary fat intake and functional dyspepsia:
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Relationship between Patterns of Alcohol Consumption and Gastrointestinal Symptoms among Patients with
Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
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Epidemiology of upper gastrointestinal symptoms in Brazil (EpiGastro): A population-based study according
to sex and age group:
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Bloating and functional gastro-intestinal disorders: Where are we and where are we going?
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Fructose and lactose intolerance and malabsorption testing: the relationship with symptoms in functional
gastrointestinal disorders
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Predictors of heartburn during sleep in a large prospective cohort study.
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