High-fiber and antioxidant-rich vegetables
All veggies are good for you. They are high in vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber and are generally low in calories and low in fat. But certain varieties do contain FODMAPs, or rapidly fermentable carbohydrates that can aggravate your gut, that are difficult for some people to digest. Our plan focuses only on low-FODMAP veggies, especially those rich in anti-inflammatory magnesium and other important minerals. Leafy green veggies (kale, Swiss chard, spinach), bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes are all good examples. Check out some other foods that are bad for your belly, including high-FODMAP veggies.
Fermented foods as a whole are good for your gut, since the fermentation process helps boost the foods’ probiotics. Eating probiotic-rich foods helps boost the good bacteria in your digestive system while helping to eliminate the bad stuff. Sauerkraut, a fermented mix of cabbage and other veggies, is pretty much a stomach superfood. Consider purchasing fermented vegetables, or just fermenting them yourself—here’s a guide. Sauerkraut, carrots, green beans, beets, and kimchi are all great to start with. Here are some more of the best probiotic foods for a healthy gut.