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Fruit and Vegetable Indigestion


#1

Any ideas?

I'm currently following a diet as prescribed by Lonnie Lowery - namely a wholegrain breakfast and simple carbs post-workout, and protein or protein and fat at all other meals.

However, when I eat vegetables (cauliflower, brocolli, peas, cabbage, green beans or leaks) or fruit (apples, oranges or grapes) I have digestive problems and end up with a nasty eyestrain, bloating and gas 1-2 hours after eating the veg or nasty bloating (a VERY hollow feeling) after eating 1-2 hours after eating fruit. Although, the symptoms do not appear if I eat some complex carbs with the meal.

I know from JB's acid/base article that both of these food groups are alkaline - maybe this is a factor.

Does anyone know of a possible solution? - preferably not involving the omission of fruit & veg from my diet or eating complex carbs with each meal (doctor's advice).

Thanks in advance for any input.


#2

How much fiber were you getting before you changed your diet? A radical increase in fiber intake will create gastrointestinal distress. Increases should be gradual, around 5 grams at a time.

...hope that helps.


#3

Well, before dieting I probably ate more vegetables, fruit and fibrous carbs than I do now.

I don't think it's the fiber causing the problems as I have a whole grain breakfast which causes no problems and I supplement occasionally with psylium husks and milled flaxseeds and these cause no problems.


#4

Hi Savo

I have the same problems you describe (That 'hollow' feeling just sucks doesn't it!) but never really did much research on it or sought any help! I didnt even really think of it as indigestion - I guess I just thought it was me.

My way around the problem is pretty simple: 1) I dont eat fruit and or vegetables by themselves (that is I always have something more solid with them) and 2) I only eat small amounts at any meal.

Sorry I cant be of more help - interested to hear whether you get any useful information on this problem.

Swerven


#5

Well, my first thought was that it was fibre that was to blame but it doesn't seem to be the case.

Where fruit is concerned, I thought it was the hormone ghrelin that was responsible - this is released in response to fructose (in a similar way to insulin following glucose intake), and has the opposite effect, ie. increasing hunger. I don't seem to have any bloating when I consume fruit with other carbs.

I have been thinking that the vegetable intollerance may be due to cellulose since I seem to have the same digestion problems regardless of the type of vegetables consumed.


#6

Maybe try taking a digestive enzyme like bromelain or eating pineapple or papaya (for the papain) to help move things along? I know I can't go without them or I feel bloated afterwards.

Hope that helps.