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Raw Vegetables and Stomach Pain


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I love raw vegetables, but when I eat any more than roughly 1/2 cup at a time, I get terrible stomach pains. I have researched this and found out that it is really hard for your stomach to digest raw vegetables, and I'm assuming this is what is causing the pain (maybe I am more sensitive than most?). I have discovered that if I take my time and chew eat bite about 20-30 times then it does help quite a bit. Yesterday for my afternoon snack I ate a zip-lock baggie full of peas, carrots, broccoli etc. and I was in so much pain about half an hour later I could harly move.

My question is, does any one else have this issue? Is there anything else that helps besides excessively chewing every bite? I was thinking maybe some type of acidic juice would help my stomach through the process...but I have no idea.

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Some people just cannot tolerate eating raw fruits and vegetables.  Also you could have a digestive issue such as diverticulitis or colitis that makes you intolerant to some foods, especially raw vegetables.  Try steaming them for a few minutes to see if that helps.

The obvious solution is to eat cooked vegetables instead.   When foods are raw they are very tough to break down... and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli) and legumes (like peas) contain compounds that cause a lot of gas .... think what a pan of boiling cabbage smells like and how much beans make you fart

So maybe keep the carrots, cut thinly and chewed well,  but choose a more easily digested selection of raw foods e.g. cucumber, cherry tomatoes, celery.  Cook things like broccoli, cauliflower and peas...  And only eat your raw foods with a meal rather than introducing them to a completely empty stomach.

I have been having this same problem recently when I eat some raw fruits and vegetables. I actually asked my doctor about it today, because I wasn't sure why this would have started so suddenly.

She said that it can be due to an excess of acid in the stomach (which can result from stress, among other things). She recommended either steaming vegetables rather than eating them raw or trying an antacid like Tums. So, I would definitely not recommend an acidic juice!

She also warned that if the pain was focused on one side of the body it could be a gallbladder issue.

Obviously there's no way to know for sure what your problem is; if it persists I would talk to your doctor.

You may want to try one raw veggie at a time cause some are harder then other on the stomach. Also if you eat it with something like a sandwich it may help with digestion

SAME ISSUES as you for sure! My digestion SUCKS already and raw veggies make me wanna die sometimes!!!! But it's weird but it doesn't happen every time - for instance I can have cherry tomatoes, bell peppers and cabbage as snacks before dinner but when I have a huge raw salad - My stomach definitely tells me how much it hates me! Which makes me mad too because my salads are so yummy! ha ha! oh well- At least when you get this pain you know what it's from as opposed to getting pain and not having eaten the raw veggies before!

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Well good to hear I'm not alone!

Steaming vegetables is an excellent solution for meals but I really like to snack on raw vegetables in the afternoons at work. I have been eating mainly bell peppers lately and they seem to not be bugging me too much. Last night though I had a big spinach salad for dinner and oh man was I in pain afterwards. Sometimes I think it's almost a funny blessing because I had ABSOLUTELY no appetite for the rest of the evening due to the uncomfort, so I didn't snack at all lol.

I am going to try a tums maybe this afternoon with my veggies. Hopefully that will help

Just recently I've been having issues with eating some veggies raw. My stomach cramps up and I feel like I have horrible gas, but I can't get it out. Ugh. That's what happened when I munch on veggies while cutting them up to steam. (>_<)

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I have this problem as well but didn't realize it was the raw veggies until recently. It seems to hurt my stomach more when there is nothing else in there (meats, dairy.. even carbs) but Pepito is a God send when it does happen.
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I have the same problem!! But I don't know what causes this. I do agree with others that steaming (or cooking) veggies is a good idea. For example, if I eat raw carrots then I get stomach pain. But if I eat cooked carrots, then I'm good.

 

Original Post by trikki:

I love raw vegetables, but when I eat any more than roughly 1/2 cup at a time, I get terrible stomach pains. I have researched this and found out that it is really hard for your stomach to digest raw vegetables, and I'm assuming this is what is causing the pain (maybe I am more sensitive than most?). I have discovered that if I take my time and chew eat bite about 20-30 times then it does help quite a bit. Yesterday for my afternoon snack I ate a zip-lock baggie full of peas, carrots, broccoli etc. and I was in so much pain about half an hour later I could harly move.

My question is, does any one else have this issue? Is there anything else that helps besides excessively chewing every bite? I was thinking maybe some type of acidic juice would help my stomach through the process...but I have no idea.

I eat tons of raw veggies & haven't ever had that problem.  maybe you should steam them slightly.. as to why you are having that problem only a doctor would be abled to tell you that.

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