Dietitians Say These Are The 4 Worst Foods For Gut Health—They Slow Your Metabolism


This article has been updated since its original publication date to provide more expert insight.

It’s often not talked about in connection with weight loss, but taking care of your gut health is actually essential for improving your overall well-being, eliminating bloating and even speeding up your metabolism. Just as some foods, such as fiber, can help improve digestion and promote a balanced gut, other foods can have the opposite effect, causing discomfort, weight gain and a decreased ability to burn food for fuel.

To improve your overall health and reduce digestive issues that plague the American diet, we spoke with registered dietitian Trista Best, MPH, LR, RD of Balance One Supplements to determine which four foods you should minimize within your eating habits. . feel good in your body and prioritize a healthy and well-functioning gut.

1. Breakfast cookies

While an undeniably delicious breakfast option that can be consumed in moderation, breakfast pastries are often heavily processed and therefore not an ideal choice to include in your diet if you’re working to improve your gut health. Not to mention they’re loaded with empty calories that won’t keep you full and make you more prone to mindless snacking throughout the day.

“These foods are hard on the gut, mainly because of the added and refined sugars used to make them. A diet high in this type of sugar promotes gut dysbiosis and imbalance of gut bacteria,” explains Best. “Added sugar refers only to those sugars added to the product during the manufacturing process, while total sugars refers to added and natural sugars. They are a food source for bad gut bacteria that cause an imbalance and overgrowth of these bacteria and possibly Candida.”

If you’re craving something sweet in the morning but don’t want to wreck your gut, consider swapping pastries for oatmeal that you can sweeten with natural ingredients like honey, maple syrup, or peanut butter and are also a great way to add an extra layer. serving of fruit to your diet, which can improve your digestion naturally with its fiber content.

2. Fried Food

Oil can be healthy when used in moderation, but fried foods are one example that is not beneficial for your gut health. “This category of food causes damage to the entire gastrointestinal tract. From reflux to unwanted changes in bowel habits, the fat and refined carbohydrates from flour used to make these foods are detrimental to gut health,” explains Best. Eating fried foods creates an environment for negative gut bacteria to thrive. thrive, so try swapping these dishes for meals made on the grill or air fryer for a similar texture without the same negative impact on your stomach.Fried foods are also rich in refined flours that are low in nutrients and can lead to unwanted weight gain if consumed regularly.

3. Some ‘Diet’ Foods

It’s a common misconception that foods that contain the word “diet” in the description are better for you than most, and in fact, these particular foods can wreak havoc on your gut health. “This category of foods is often made with artificial sweeteners in an effort to lower the amount of calories and added sugars they contain. Unfortunately, although they can reduce the calories in a food, that increases the likelihood of gut dysbiosis,” notes Best. Lacking nutritional value and potentially slowing digestion, “diet” foods are better swapped for whole ingredients and grains that can actually get some fiber into your gut without overloading your body with artificial sugar.

4. Processed Foods

Unsurprisingly, processed foods like potato chips, white pasta, and desserts can not only cause weight gain due to their calorie content, but they can also have a prominent impact on your gut health. “These foods are harmful to your gut health because they lack the type of fiber that will improve gut health by feeding the good gut bacteria,” Best says. “These foods often replace high-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables and even whole meals that would otherwise benefit gut health.” Swapping processed foods for their more natural counterparts is the best option for improving your well-being, and piling up your plate with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole-grain carbohydrates will serve your body much better in the long run.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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