A Few Myths About Digestion

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Myth #1: Spicy foods cause stomach ulcers

In truth: A few decades ago it was believed that spicy foods were the main cause of stomach ulcers. Nowadays however, this myth has been proven false. Infection caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori or abuse of the so-called non-opioid analgesics, such as acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are the most common causes of stomach ulcers.

Myth #2: A swallowed piece of gum will take years to digest

In truth: This is completely untrue. Gum does not stick to the walls of the digestive tract. As with all other foods, it travels through its entire length without a problem. It leaves the body a few days after being swallowed.

Myth #3: Beans cause the most gas

Milk

In truth: In reality, beans and bean dishes do not take first place when it comes to causing gas. Dairy products are ahead of them in that regard. With aging, it becomes more difficult for the body to digest and absorb the lactose found in milk.

Myth #4: People who are lactose intolerant must not consume dairy products

In truth: This is true. People who are lactose intolerant have varying capabilities in being able to process and digest this type of food in their intestines. Some of them can develop symptoms after just 1 cup of milk. Others can drink 2 or more without a problem. It is easier to digest yoghurt and ice cream than milk.

Myth #5: Fiber found in food helps against constipation but not against diarrhea

In truth: At first glance, it seems illogical for fiber to help against diarrhea, since it is so useful in preventing constipation. But this is a fact! Consumption of high fiber foods helps in bowel regulation.

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