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10 Easy To Digest Foods For When Your Stomach’s Upset, According To Doctors

Dealing with stomach upset is never pleasant. Whether it’s caused by indigestion, food poisoning, or a viral infection, the symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain can be debilitating. While there are medications available to help alleviate the discomfort, sometimes the best way to soothe an upset stomach is through the foods we eat.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the top easy-to-digest foods recommended by doctors for those suffering from stomach upset. We’ll delve into the science behind why these foods are effective in calming an inflamed gut and providing much-needed relief.

While every person’s stomach may react differently to various foods, there are several types of food that are generally safe and gentle on the digestive system. We’ll cover a range of options, from broths and teas to fruits and vegetables, to help you find the best options to suit your needs.

It’s important to note that while these foods can help alleviate symptoms, they should be consumed in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. If your stomach upset persists or worsens, it’s always advisable to consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

So, if you’re struggling with an upset stomach and looking for some easy-to-digest food options, read on to discover the top recommendations from doctors to help you get back on track to feeling your best.

1. White bread and white rice

Compared to their cousins—whole-wheat toast, whole-grain toast, and brown rice—white-flour foods are far easier to digest. White flour is refined and processed, meaning the fiber is stripped out of it.

On a typical, healthy day, you totally want the fiber in whole-wheat carbohydrates, as it takes longer for your body to break down and keeps you fuller longer. However, when your stomach hates you? You’ll have a way easier (and more comfortable) time eating the white stuff.

Also in this category? Saltine crackers. The salt content functions as an electrolyte and can help if you’re dehydrated. Pretzels, too, can be gentle on the tummy, as long as they’re not made with butter or whole grains.

2. Watermelon

The juicy fruit, along with honeydew and soft cantaloupe, are primarily composed of water. Because of that, they’re light in terms of GI work and do an A+ job of hydrating the body, especially when, err, poo just keeps coming out of you. And because these fruits barely have any fiber, they basically get absorbed along the way, leaving little to end up in the colon to eventually be processed.

If you are a produce lover and are wondering what vegetables are easy to digest, many are tough due to the fiber content. That being said, for all those folks who prefer veggies, feel free to reach for cucumbers, as long as they don’t have skin. Like melons, they are high in water. On a similar note, try to avoid the seeds hiding in all of these foods, since they’re not digestible.

3. Chicken and turkey

When it comes to picking proteins, you’re going to want to opt for lean, low-fat options such as chicken, turkey, and/or fish (the latter of which might sound gross when you have the stomach bug, but your choice!).

Your protein of choice should also be prepared in a low-fat manner as well. This means to steer clear of frying and sautéing and just stick to baking these bites.

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As for fish? A few additional rules: Avoid sushi because of its higher risk of contamination (read: further stomach distress), and it’s also best to avoid oily fishes like mackerel and sardines, as they can be a little too heavy when experiencing GI issues.

4. Bananas

The browner, the better. Yup, you read that right. Under-ripe, greener bananas have more resistant starches, which are similar to prebiotics in that they are hard to digest and feed the bacteria in your gut. And when your tum is having trouble, the last thing you want is for all these bugs to start playing around. But as bananas collect spots (read: ripen) resistant starches turn into sugars, which are no-sweat for your gut. Added bonus? Bananas can be constipating, which is helpful if you have diarrhea.

5. Cooked cereal

A.k.a. oatmeal. Farina (semolina) or milled wheat and grits work too—as long as they’re cooked using water (read: no dairy milk or nut milk, which may trigger GI issues). When you cook these cereals, you’re helping to break down their components, meaning you’re essentially starting the digestion process before the cereal even enters your mouth. Why not have the stove do the work for you?

One last tip: Some people put toppings like peanut butter in their oatmeal. But when your stomach is acting up, it’s better to avoid this. Peanut butter is easy to digest for some people, but tough for others, and it’s been connected to worsening acid reflux symptoms anecdotally. While your GI tract is angry, it’s safer to hold off on the PB.

6. Canned vegetables

More specifically, canned carrots since they (unlike many veggies out there) are not high in fiber, do not have super-fibrous skins and don’t have seeds. Just be careful of canned options filled with preservatives. To avoid this, look for those with the simplest list of ingredients—essentially just water and veggies.

7. Sweet potatoes

By now you know the drill: Skip the skins. But if you’re looking for an easy-to-digest food that has a bit more flavor and nutrition (sweet potatoes are high in potassium!), bake one of these orange guys and scoop out the insides to do away with the skin part.

8. Eggs

Hardboiled is best. That’s because they only require water and are completely cooked through, which is not the case for many other egg preparations such as poached and over easy. Hate hardboiled but love a good scramble? Feel free to eat eggs that way as well, as long as you play it safe by using very little butter.

9. Applesauce

Channel your inner child and enjoy some applesauce. Like cooked cereals, applesauce is considered “predigested,” in that it’s already broken down to make it easy on your tum. (Think of it as the more digestible form of fruit.) Plus, it’s tasty, and sweet, and provides a little bit of nutrition in a situation where you’re not really racking up the vitamins otherwise.

10. Chicken soup

Not only is a warm bowl of chicken soup soothing (and, yes, good for the soul), but it is also a safe way to get different ingredients in an easily digestible form. Cooking the veggies, chicken, and broth all together for hours helps break down lots of the components long before they make their way through your digestive tract. And, voilá, little to no work for your body.

If your stomach situation has left you gagging at the idea of chicken and veggies, then consider slurping on just broth; the combo of salt and water can help rehydrate you.

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