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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Your Choice of Cheese
Why your gut's not a fan: Lactose falls in the FODMAP camp, so any cheese could pose problems for sensitive stomachs. But high lactose cheeses like cottage and ricotta are the most likely to cause digestive issues. These particular cheeses tend to undergo short straining processes, and less lactose gets removed as a result.
How to fix it: If you find that cottage and ricotta don't sit well with you, try snacking on low-lactose options like brie, feta and mozzarella. Hard cheeses like cheddar, parmesan and Swiss are also fair game, as they're low in lactose too. Just remember that when it comes to sensitivity to cheese (or any food that's high in FODMAPs), the amount that you're eating makes a difference, so try cutting back on your portion sizes before cutting out a food entirely.