Stomach bloating: This delicious fruit may aid digestion and relieve bloated stomach pain


Stomach bloating most commonly happens after eating food which the body struggles to digest. This can cause trapped wind and excess gas, leading to pain and bloating in the stomach. Fast food can be complex for the digestive system to break down, but so can some vegetables, such as beans, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts and broccoli. Other foods, however, contain properties which can help the digestive process and in turn soothe a bloated belly. One type of fruit which can do this is the kiwifruit.

This is because kiwis contain a proteolytic enzyme called actinidin. Proteolytic enzymes are enzymes that digest protein.

According to Mike Boland and Paul Moughan in their book ‘Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Volume 68: Nutritional Benefits of Kiwifruit’, actinidin can provide “enhanced upper-tract digestion” of a variety of food proteins and protein-rich foods.

These can include milk, meat, fish, eggs, legumes and cereal proteins.

“Clear evidence is provided that green kiwifruit, and the enzyme actinidin itself, can provide enhanced upper-tract digestion (particularly gastric) of a variety of food proteins, which lends support to a role for dietary kiwifruit as a digestive aid,” said Boland and Moughan.

“Kiwifruit extract alone (in the absence of other digestive enzymes) has been observed to be capable of digesting some proteins present in foods, particularly those in yoghurt, cheese, fish, and raw eggs.”

In addition, kiwis are also high in potassium, which can also help soothe a bloated belly.

This is because potassium helps control the balance of fluids in the body, which can reduce water retention.

Water retention can contribute to a feeling of bloating in the tummy, as the body holds on to water in order to prevent dehydration.

Sometimes when eating food which is high in salt, for example, the body can hold on to excess water so as to avoid dehydration.

Eating more potassium can balance out the negative effects of salt and help the kidneys to flush out excess fluid.

Fruit in general is beneficial to the digestive system due to its high fibre content.

This is because fibre helps to bulk up the stools in the large intestine and move them along the digestive tract more quickly.

Fibre also makes the stools softer, making them easier to pass.

“Fibre is an essential part of a healthy diet. It helps to keep your digestive system in good working order, and has many other important health benefits,” said Bupa.

Bananas are another fruit which may be particularly beneficial to digestion.

As well as being high in potassium, bananas contain a type of fibre called pectin, which normalises bowel function.

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