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Did You Know That These Food Take Longer To Digest? - Kanigas

Did You Know That These Food Take Longer To Digest?


When it comes to nutrients, rate of digestion really matters a lot. Fat takes the longest to digest from all of the possible food micronutrients. The time it takes to digest any type of food varies with every individual. We eat different types of foods and our body affects our digestive system in its own way. Here is a list of 8 Indian foods those take longer to digest.

Foods which take longer to digest

longer to digest1. Beans

They are high in fiber and a good source of protein. It contains a type of sugar known as oligosaccharide, which is difficult to digest. Soaking beans reduces flatulence for consumers without affecting nutrient value.


longer to digest2. Legumes

It includes lentils, pulses, and peas. They are a rich source of carbohydrates and protein. They are highly nutritious and high in both protein and fiber. But they also contain so called anti-nutrients, which are substances that interfere with digestion and absorption of other nutrients.


longer to digest3. Spicy foods

It’s really tough to give up spicy food when you love them. They are known for irritating the esophagus and leaving you with an unpleasant heartburn sensation after eating.



longer to digest4. Most vegetables

They contain micronutrients which are essential for your diet and also to improve your RBC count. These veggies are rich in fiber and digest slowly while maintaining your blood glucose level. They take approx 1-2 hours to digest.



longer to digest5. Nuts and seeds

Nuts are healthy and nutritious and rich sources of protein for example almonds, peanut and cashews. Although, people are hesitant to eat nuts because they are high in fat and also take longer time to digest. Seeds like sunflower, pumpkin take about approx 2 hours to digest.


longer to digest6. Cruciferous veggies

The cruciferous veggies like cauliflower and cabbage are rich in nutrients and fiber, which offer plenty of health benefits of your system. But, they contain complex sugar called raffinose that’s known to cause gas.


longer to digest7. Dairy products

Skim milk, cottage or low fat cheese also takes longer time to digest. Cheese takes around 2-3 hours to digest. They also contribute some amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat in the diet.


longer to digest8. Meat

Meat is an animal flesh that is eaten as food. Meat is mainly composed of water, protein and fat. It takes around 3-4 hours to digest. Meats are high in saturated fat which takes longer time to digest and can also raise blood cholesterol level.



Since, these foods take longer to digest; you should include all these foods cautiously in your diet so as to improve your digestion.

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