16 Easy-to-Digest Foods and 7 to Avoid

By By Rachel Link, RD, MS

When you’re focusing on overall healthy digestion, eating certain foods and avoiding others can make a big difference in how well you digest what you consume. Some foods are easier to digest than others based on their ingredients and the amounts of different nutrients they contain.

What foods are easy to digest? Those that aren’t very spicy, highly processed, acidic or fatty are the best options. For example, some easy-to-digest foods that experts suggest for people looking to support healthy digestion include ripe fruits, lean proteins, low-FODMAP veggies (see below) and herbal teas.

Below, find out which easy-to-digest foods to focus on. Of course, you should always consult your healthcare professional prior to beginning any new dietary or lifestyle regimen, including certain foods or dietary supplements. 

When You Need Foods that Are Easy to Digest 

While it’s best to include lots of variety in your diet — such as different fruits, veggies, herbs, and sources of healthy fats and protein — there are times when it’s best to stick to foods that are mostly bland and easy to digest. For example, a “bland diet” is often recommended for people who are focusing on their digestion, at least short term. 

Eating a bland diet involves eating foods that are mostly unprocessed and low in fiber, fat and spices. An elimination diet, which excludes problematic foods and allergens, is another type of diet that’s useful for people who want to maximize their digestive health and overall digestion. 

Here are some instances when you may want to eat mostly easy-to-digest foods:

  • You’re experiencing occasional digestive upset or occasional gas and bloating: A bland diet can often help.

  • If you want to give your digestion a bit of a breather: People can sometimes benefit from eating simple, unprocessed foods.

  • You’re recovering from surgery: After surgery, a bland diet may be recommended by your healthcare professional.  

  • You have food sensitivities: People with food sensitivities or allergies may be advised by their healthcare professional to follow a restricted diet.

Why Is Healthy Digestion Important?

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