With models like Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner setting an image of how one should look like, people more often forget the essential nutrients and vitamins required in a diet. While looking good is important, being healthy is at least equally important if not more. This article looks at the types of food that are healthy for your belly.
1. High-Fiber and Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables
All vegetables are nutritious for you. They are generally high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients. Moreover, they are also low in calories and fat. Yet, a few types of vegetables contain FODMAPs or easily fermentable saccharides that irritate your small intestine. Hence, this article fixates only on low-FODMAP vegetables, which are specifically rich in anti-inflammatory minerals. A few examples of such vegetables would be bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, and potatoes.
2. Tummy Trimming Fruits
Most of the fruits which are sweet come along with an equivalent glucose to fructose ratio. This will be smoother on your belly when compared to the ones with a higher fructose ratio. These are usually found in oranges, grapes, bananas, papaya, blueberries, and other berries.
3. Carb-light Grains
Roughly, all grains are dense with carbohydrates and hence would be bad for your stomach. Most, like wheat, are immense in FODMAPs. Nevertheless, since grains are such powerful (and scrumptious) sources of fiber, this article mentions some that are high in fiber, low in FODMAP, and comparatively carb-light. Some examples of such grains are brown rice, oats, and quinoa.
4. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are incredible sources of energizing protein, low-fermentable (tummy-soothing) fiber, and anti-inflammatory fats. But some of them involve FODMAPs; hence don’t diverge from this list. The butter that one gets by grinding the nuts into a paste is also considered to be better alternatives. Such nuts and seeds include walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds.
5. Lean Protein
Usually low in carbs, a protein normally doesn’t cause any digestion problems. However, pick lean sources as many are high in saturated fat, which may be the reason to cause inflammation. Lean proteins are naturally found in eggs, lean cuts of beef, seafood, tofu, fish, skinless poultry, and tempeh.
6. Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt is much thicker than a normal yogurt. It contains twice the amount of a protein of a regular yogurt which makes you feel full. It is also less in carbohydrates and as a result low lactose, which makes it easier to digest.
7. Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup is a through and through natural sweetener and has the least fructose when compared with other sweeteners. Moreover, it contains antioxidants which help reduce oxidative damage. One can have a higher tolerance to Maple Syrup related to high-fructose honey.
These food types are not only good for your tummy but are also delicious. Hence these act as the perfect food items for someone who is willing to lose weight while staying healthy.