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Keeping Your Digestive System Healthy

An inability to digest certain foods can occur in both healthy individuals and in people with illnesses affecting the digestive organs. The light diet is recommended in these situations. It differs from a normal diet by eliminating those foods or dishes known as frequent causes of food intolerance. In addition, the light diet is characterised by careful food preparation.

The Light Diet - To Keep Your Digestive System Healthy

The subtle differences from a normal diet

In the past, so-called ‘bland diets’ were prescribed. More recently, the light diet has been shown to be effective for the majority of people with stomach and digestive tract-related illnesses. The light diet is not a diet geared towards a specific therapeutic effect. This diet aims to help relieve the digestive organs or the person’s overall metabolism. The light diet is a fully adequate diet that provides the body with all necessary substances in sufficient quantities. It is based on recommendations from the German Nutritional Association (DGE). It differs from a normal diet in that foods known to frequently cause digestive intolerance are eliminated from the meal plan. The Light Diet - To Keep Your Digestive System Healthy

Rules and taboos

When following a light diet, there are no dietary commandments or strict rules. Please be aware that digestive intolerances can vary greatly between individuals. As a result, no universal recommendation is possible. What is always most critical is your own personal experience. In general, the idea is that anything you can comfortably tolerate is permitted. However, the recommendation is to avoid those foods and dishes that cause digestive intolerance in more than 5% of the general population. According to a survey performed on almost 2,000 hospital patients, such foods include those listed in the following table:

Intolerance

Frequency in %

Intolerance

Frequency in %

Pulses

30.1

Mayonnaise

11.8

Cucumber salad

28.6

Potato salad

11.4

Fried dishes

22.4

Smoked foods

10.7

White cabbage

20.2

Pickled pork knuckle

9.0

Carbonated beverages

20.1

Highly spiced dishes

7.7

Kale

18.1

Excessively hot or cold dishes

7.6

Fatty dishes

17.2

Sweets

7.6

Bell peppers

16.8

Wine

7.6

Sauerkraut

15.8

Raw fruit with stones

7.3

Red cabbage

15.8

Nuts

7.1

Sweet and fatty baked goods

15.8

Cream

6.8

Onions

15.8

Breaded fried food

6.8

Savoy cabbage

15.6

Mushrooms

6.1

Chips (French fries)

15.3

Red wine

6.1

Hard-boiled eggs

14.7

Leeks

5.9

Fresh bread

13.6

Spirits

5.8

Freshly ground coffee

12.5