Here Come the Holidays: Sugar Consumption and Digestive Issues
Halloween candy is already on the shelves in Houston area stores, if not safely hidden in your kitchen cupboard. It’s just the start of a long season of holidays that force you to be more attentive to your dietary need and challenges in order to avoid spending a lot of time in pain and discomfort.
The big culprit of the season is sugar – Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies, and stockings full of treats are all tempting additions to your diet, but if you have suffer from any kind of digestive issues – GERD, acid reflux, ulcerative colitis, or gall bladder issues, avoiding sugar is the smartest way to avoid pain and other symptoms.
Acid Reflux, GERD, and Sugar Consumption
While sugar on its own is not often a trigger food that instigates an episode of acid reflux, it can exacerbate symptoms. And sugar is an ingredient in many of the foods that do commonly trigger attacks, such as chocolate or mint. If you choose a sweet treat during the holidays, consider desserts less likely to cause a flare up, such as Angel food cake, sherbet, fruit ice, or reduced-fat ice cream.
Ulcerative Colitis and Sugar Consumption
If you suffer from ulcerative colitis, managing your diet is one of the most important ways to manage your symptoms, and avoiding sugar is essential. When a person consumes sugar, it stimulates the intestines. This can cause flareups of symptoms such as diarrhea and cramping.
Gallbladder Ailments and Sugar Consumption
Sugar and refined carbs are some of the biggest culprits in gallbladder attacks. In addition to avoiding the Halloween candy, you’ll want to avoid simple carbs like white bread.
Eating right during the holidays doesn’t have to be scary. If you’re concerned about how to manage your digestive disease during the holidays or worried you might have an undiagnosed issue, make an appointment today with the skilled gastroenterologists of Allied Digestive Disease Center of Houston. Our team treats gallbladder and pancreas disorders in addition to all conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.