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Process These 6 Foods That are Difficult to Digest

Indigestion can be a sign of a chronic problem, or it can be an occasional thing based on the foods you’ve had for lunch or dinner, notes QualityHealth.com. The simple truth is that certain foods can tax your digestive system more than others, leading to feelings of bloating, pain or excessive gas.

Unfortunately, these foods also have health benefits (proteins and vitamins), so it doesn’t mean you need to eliminate them (unless advised by a doctor or dietician). You can slow down your eating, try smaller portions, or even cut these foods into smaller pieces to help process them more easily. Here are six food types that can be particularly tough on your digestive system…

1. Red Meat

QualityHealth explains that humans actually have an easier time digesting meat proteins than vegetable proteins, but the trouble is that “meat often stays in the stomach longer,” which can slow down the digestion of other foods.

When you have food sitting in your stomach longer, you’re more likely to feel bloated or become gaseous, adds the source. Fatty meats are often more difficult to digest than lean meats, and overcooking red meats can also lengthen the digestion process, it adds. Try grinding up the meat or eating smaller pieces, it suggests.

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