Top 10 foods that worsen your digestive health

However, certain foods may disrupt this balance and result in various digestive disorders, such as

The top ten foods that can worsen your digestive health are as below


Research shows that a diet rich in saturated fat (such as butter) may increase the “bad” gut bacteria and decrease the “good” bacteria and cause various digestive disorders.

Red meat and other animal products

Red meat may reduce the beneficial short-chain fatty acids that help in survival of good bacteria and results in growth of “bad” bacteria, which increase the risk of irritable bowel disease increases.

Fried foods

Fried foods, such as French fries or potato chips are harder for the body to digest. People often cook food in oils rich in saturated and trans-fats that may further irritate the stomach, causing watery diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain.


Fructose is very sweet and is often made into high fructose corn syrup, for use in pastries – which are hard for some people to digest and can lead to diarrhea, bloating, and cramps.

Spicy foods

Research shows that consumption of spicy foods is directly associated with symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome such as diarrhea, bloating, and cramps, especially in women.

Pudding and cottage cheese

Fermented foods that contain simple sugars, and sugar alcohols may not be absorbed well by the small intestine resulting in gas and bloating.


Nowadays, the corn we consume is usually genetically modified and have genetic traits that reduce good bacteria, thus, worsening your gut health.


Studies have found that gluten can lead to stomach pain, bloating, and fatigue even in individuals without celiac disease.


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