Don't add this ingredient in your salad

A salad is widely considered to be the epitome of a healthy meal, and especially one to refer to if you frequently suffer indigestion from acidic foods.

If you still find yourself experiencing dreadful bloating, heartburn, stomach aches or other negative effects tied to indigestion, it's worth looking into what you consume every day

and what might be a major culprit. If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably been advised to eat salads or similar veggie-heavy bowls, so we checked in with registered nutritionists

for advice on how to make them optimal for indigestion, and what common ingredient might cause it. Read on for tasty salad ingredient ideas and healthy eating and weight loss tips from

Jay Cowin, NNCP, RNT, RNC, CHN, CSNA, and Registered Nutritionist and Director of Formulations for ASYSTEM as well as Lisa Richards, Registered Nutritionist and creator of The Candida Diet.

How Skipping Creamy Salad Dressings Can Prevent & Lessen Indigestion 

Thick, creamy and heavily sugared salad dressings are often linked to heartburn and bloating, and

essentially defeat the purpose of a salad— which is intended to be a go-to healthy meal. Creamy salad dressings, especially commercially made ones, Cowin notes, can “worsen indigestion” 

because they're high in acid and are usually full of fat, sugars, and other additives. “This slows down the digestion process or makes it difficult to break down food properly

What To Replace This Ingredient With 

It’s definitely difficult to adjust to a major dietary change and stop eating your favorite foods when trying to lose weight, but as these experts note,

if your favorite salad ingredients are contributing to indigestion,you are better off without them. If you can't skip the dressing when eating a salad,then the helpful alternative is to make your own

This is so you know exactly what goes in and you can avoid any ingredients that will aggravate your GERD or acid reflux.He suggests adding “a bit of extra virgin olive oil,”

“By adding a variety of nutrient-rich vegetables, nuts, and even some whole grains,” Richards says, “we can ensure we are full, satisfied, and well-nourished.”She continues;

Some of  favorite salad toppings include asparagus, cucumbers, walnuts, artichoke, olives, quinoa, corn, and almond slices. These are can be added in a variety of combinations

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