6 Foods that Can Wreak Havoc on Your Gut
The wrong ones can leave you bloated, gassy and keeping close tabs on the nearest bathroom, while some can damage your gut and its important microbiome. Time to investigate your plate.
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The Sweet Treat in Your Morning Coffee
Why your gut's not a fan: Artificial sweeteners contain FODMAPs, and that means they're osmotic, pulling water into your intestinal tract and potentially causing diarrhea. And because artificial sweeteners (look for ingredients that end in an "ol", like sorbitol or mannitol) are calorie-free, our bodies don't recognize them as nutrients and don't digest them, says Lisa Ganjhu, MD, a gastroenterologist at NYU Langone Medical Center. That leads to gas and bloating.
How to fix it: If you find that your stomach doesn't feel so great after you get your morning caffeine-and-fake-sugar fix, use small amounts of actual sugar instead.