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Do processed foods have an effect on a healthy gastrointestinal system?

For a healthy gastrointestinal (GI) system, avoid processed foods. Processed foods typically have high quantities of preservatives, saturated fats, and salt, and low levels of nutrition and fiber. A high fat diet can slow down the digestive process and salt can dehydrate the digestive tract, which can result in constipation and other digestive conditions.

Instead of processed foods, eat natural vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains. These healthy diet choices will be lower in fat and salt and higher in fiber than processed foods.

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