That’s a tasty looking meal you’re having.
There’s sometimes no better feeling then sitting down on your lunch hour and enjoying
a cheat meal.
But have you ever wondered what it might be doing to your insides?
In particular, your stomach?
I’m totally just asking questions here.
It’s just that I think you may be having too many cheat meals.
Did you know that each year, close to 25% of people are affected by abdominal pain,
heartburn and indigestion?
This is caused by a bad diet.
Let’s talk about 8 Foods That Are Harming Your Stomach!
Should I cut bread?
How about processed meat?
Do I really have to stop drinking alcohol?
We’re talking all that AND more.
Professionals will go on all day about how French fries are loaded with salt and can
make your blood pressure skyrocket.
But do you realize what this famous fast food side is doing to the inside of your gut?
One small order of McDonald’s fries contains 230 calories.
Because French fries are so high in fats and low in fiber, they take longer to digest,
sometimes sitting in your stomach for days.
We’re going to pull out a fancy word here.
A high-fat diet is known to hurt your gut’s microbiome.
This is the community of microorganisms living inside your stomach.
Some are bacteria and some fungi among others.
Okay, this is going to be a controversial one.
Perhaps the most troublesome of all of our picks on this list.
Afterall, an estimated 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.
Heck, 1.5 million are said to be eaten on Superbowl Sunday alone!
I hate to rain on your parade, but too much pizza is terrible for your stomach.
The average adult is recommended to eat no more than 13 grams of saturated fat per day.
Not only is the average pizza slice an estimated 311 calories, it contains almost half of your
daily saturated fat intake.
If you eat four slices in one sitting, that’s around twice your recommended intake.
This means there’s a scary amount of saturated fat resting along the lining of your stomach.
Over time, this fat can affect your heart and clog your arteries.
Still craving that greasy slice?
While watermelon is definitely among the most delicious summer snacks, your stomach thinks
Have you ever heard of fructose?
Fructose is a natural sugar that doesn’t fully absorb into your digestive system.
When too much is had, something occurs known as fructose malabsorption.
This can lead to bloating, gas and abdominal pain.
Not to mention possible fatigue and vomiting.
So if you’re attending a picnic or summer barbeque, you may want to keep a tab on how
much watermelon you’re munching on.
You don’t want to be walking around a bloated mess.
If you want to eat watermelons, just make sure you’re not swallowing the seeds.
Watermelon seeds are known to block your bowels from working.
Put the drink down!
I’m kidding, you don’t need to stop drinking beer that urgently.
Just know that the beverage has some pretty negative effects on your stomach.
The average bottle of Corona carries with it 148 calories, while a Budweiser has as
many as 200.
These beers can carry a minimum of 13g of carbohydrates.
Once ingested, these formentible carbs will settle in your stomach, causing it to bloat.
If you’ve ever had beer on an empty stomach before, you feel as if your insides are going
Remember how we mentioned your microbiome?
Well beer can also cause significant changes to that as well.
This can lead to damage of your tissues.
My advice is that if you’re going to drink beer, try your best to go for the light stuff.
It may taste weak and your friends will make fun of you, but overtime, you’ll have the
healthiest gut at the knitting party.
5. Ice Cream
To put it simply, ice cream has lactose.
Did you know lactose intolerance effects between 30 and 50 million Americans?
While we’ve all heard of this “lactose intolerance”, many aren’t educated as
to what lactose actually is?
Lactose is a distinct sugar that is only found in dairy products, and it can be really harmful
to your stomach.
Similar to beer, if all your consuming is ice cream, your stomach may begin to bloat.
But that’s not it.
Dairy products in general are known to have significant effects on your gut’s microorganisms.
Like French fries, potato chips are another salty side you can easily lose track of.
The average bag of chips contains 274 calories along with 24 g of carbs and 262 mg of sodium.
And that’s just regular potato flavour.
Think about all the other garbage you’re putting into your stomach when eating salt
and vinegar or barbeque!
While calorie and carb intake is important, we need to discuss saturated fats.
They have a lot.
There are almost 19g of fat in a single bag of potato chips.
Let’s say you were to eat the equivalent of two bags — Let’s face it, that’s easy
The saturated fats would be hard to digest, eventually sitting in your gut and wreaking
havoc on your midsection.
Overtime, your stomach fat will build up, resulting in a belly.
Enjoy your cheat meal.
Hopefully, it will be your last one for a while.
This popular breakfast choice is one that may be hard to shake for many of you.
It certainly is for me.
While eggs straight from the chicken may not be harmful, farm-raised eggs are a different
These eggs may not be equipped with the proper antibiotics known to be found in regular eggs.
You may also want to check if you are allergic to eggs.
Sensitivity could lead to abdominal pain and poor digestion.
If you have extreme intolerance toward eggs, you can also experience nausea and vomiting,
but those are in extreme cases.
At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Hey, corn is delicious and healthy for
How can it possibly cause harm to your stomach?”
Well corn is a vegetable, so obviously there are going to be benefits.
The problem is that corn contains cellulose, an organic compound found in plants that may
not digest if it isn’t properly chewed before swallowing.
In the case of improper digestion, corn can cause the usual pain in your stomach, along
with gas and bloating.
I don’t mean to sound like that annoying parent, but you’re not a baby anymore.
Chew your corn!
Are you experiencing stomach problems?
Would consider cutting any of the foods we’ve just listed?
Sound off in the comment section…