8 Digestive-Problem Foods

Fried food

Fat-laden fried meals might cause stomachaches and diarrhea. Fried food also causes acid reflux.

Sugar alcohol

Some people have gas and stomachaches from sugar alcohol-based candy, gum, and other sugar-free items.


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High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup, used in candies and pastries, can induce gas, diarrhea, bloating, and cramps.

Citrus fruit

Some people get heartburn from oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Citrus foods relax the esophageal sphincter, allowing acid to enter and produce heartburn.


Some people get heartburn from peppermint. Peppermint relaxes the stomach-esophageal sphincter.


Oligosaccharides, fermentable fibers in beans, can induce gas, bloating, and stomach pain. Because they bypass the stomach and enter the colon, they're good for the gut.

Cruciferous vegetable

Cabbage, broccoli, kale, and collard greens are cruciferous vegetables. They include sugars like beans that cause gas, bloating, and stomach pain. 

Spicy food

Spicy food might trigger acid reflux in certain people. Spicy food relaxes the stomach-esophagus sphincter.

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