The Perfect Food to Soothe Your Stomach



A banana is simple to digest, which makes it easy on the stomach and a favorite food for babies and seniors. It’s also a great remedy for heartburn and acid indigestion.

Eating bananas slows down the effects of diarrhea. Researchers think pectin, a soluble fiber that firms your stool, is the reason. The pectin and other fiber in regular bananas can help you ditch diarrhea, which hits average adults about four times a year.

Bananas are an important part of the BRAT diet for people recovering from diarrhea. This combination of Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast is rich in fiber and nutrition but gentle and bland enough to pass easily through a weakened digestive tract. An added benefit is the potassium in bananas. This mineral is one of the important electrolytes you lose during a bout of diarrhea.

Potassium replacement is just one reason bananas are also a great energy snack, especially for endurance athletes. Bananas have more digestible carbohydrates than any other fruit. Your body burns calories from carbs faster and easier than calories from protein or fat.

You can learn five amazing facts to help you enjoy bananas even more, starting on page 202 of The Complete Guidebook to Digestive Health.


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  • FC&A Staff Writer