If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux or indigestion, it is important to consume foods that are easy to digest to avoid discomfort. Some foods are more easily digested than others, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.
Foods that contain carbohydrates are among the easiest to digest, reports the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, but fiber is not digestible and may cause bloating or diarrhea. Limit your cereal intake with more than two grams of fiber per serving, such as whole grains, brown rice, and fiber-rich cereals. Bagels, white bread, cornmeal, white flour and white rice are generally easier to digest.
Protein is another type of food that is easily digested. When choosing protein foods, select those that are low in fat. Choose crab and imitation crab meat, lean fish cuts, skinless chicken or ham, canned tuna, lean meats like turkey and low-fat sausages. Avoid fatty proteins such as cured meat, salami and fried meats.
Fruits and fruit juices
While fruits in general are well digested, citrus fruits and fruit juices may produce acidity. Some fruit juices might naturally contain sorbitol, a type of sugar that could cause diarrhea. Consume 2 or more servings of 1/2 cup of fruit or fruit juice per day, recommends Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Include apricots, bananas, melons, peaches, mangoes, papayas and nectarines in your diet. Cranberry, blueberry and raspberry juices and fruit nectars are also good choices.