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Monday, September 5, 2011

random search term of the week-Foods that are easy to digest

"Are granola bars easily digested?"-I'm trying to figure out what page that would have got them to:)  I am sure it came from a post about food during labor.  But when I sat down to think about it, I started to wonder, are granola bars really a good food to digest during labor?

During labor, our digestive process is slowed down, so we don't want things that will sit in our stomachs forever.  So, I went on a quest to find out the answer to this question.  So for all those who are sitting at the edge of their sits waiting for the answer, here's some info from the website Easily Digestible Foods:

The most prominent and healthy food stuffs that human beings tend to consume primarily contain four basic types of food groups or nutrients namely, natural sugars, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The human body needs all the 4 types of food nutrients in some or the other form, for the normal functioning of the body. The human digestive system requires the least time and energy to break down natural sugars and assimilate it in the body. The carbohydrates require a little more time and energy to be digested. The proteins can be classified into simple and compound. As the name suggests, the simple proteins require less time to be digested as compared to the compound proteins, and the fats require the maximum time to be broken down. The easily digestible foods thus contain more of natural sugars, simple proteins and carbohydrates. However, we cannot exclude the other nutrients like fats and compound proteins, vitamins and minerals, as they are required to fulfill the bodily functions that tend to go on in our body. Hence the easily digestible diet must not only contain easily digested protein, sugars or the easily digestible carbs, but must also contain some amount of fats, compound proteins and other complex nutrients of foods as well in small quantities

When it comes down to it, the easiest foods to digest are fruits and vedgies.  So maybe instead of taking that granola bar, you should grab the bananas and carrot sticks.  

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