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Eliminate Processed Foods – The First Step To Better Gut Health

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Ultra-processed food and drinks (fish sticks, chicken nuggets, cookies, sweetened drinks, etc.) increase the risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional dyspepsia (FD or chronic indigestion). A recent French study analyzed dietary data from over 33,000 participants and found that approximately 16% of food consumed (by weight) was made up of ultra-processed foods, which account for more than 50% of caloric intake in the US, Canada, and the UK. The more processed foods consumed, the higher the risk of IBS and FD. The American Journal of Gastroenterology

→Takeaway: If you suffer from IBS or chronic indigestion, eliminate processed foods from your diet by crowding them out with additional fruits and vegetables. If you have a craving for cookieschicken nuggets, or any other processed food favorite, make a healthier version at home!

Leslie Ann received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University. With over a decade of experience working in the health and wellness field as a nutritionist, health writer, and project manager, Leslie Ann is the backbone of the Gutbliss team, overseeing operations as well as the strategic mission of Gutbliss Rx, and authoring much of the content on the site. As a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer, she is an avid believer in integrative methods to treat and heal the body.

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