In addition to nutrients like potassium, vitamin C and folate, fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Fiber has the potential to reduce constipation and lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, but it can also make fruits and vegetables difficult to digest.

Beans, peas and most fruits contain soluble fiber, which creates gas during digestion. Some sugars cause digestive problems, too. Increasing your intake of raw fruits and veggies too quickly may cause flatulence, indigestion or diarrhea.

To reduce gas, bloating and other digestive symptoms, gradually increase the amount of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables you eat each day and drink plenty of water. Try a digestive aid, such as Beano, to help digest the sugars in beans and vegetables that make you feel gassy.

Foods with high water content can provide vital fluids and help you feel full at the same time. Here are five fruits and vegetables to help you replenish:

  • Cucumber—96 percent water
  • Radishes—95 percent water
  • Zucchini—95 percent water
  • Strawberries—92 percent water
  • Watermelon—92 percent water

Sources: Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50; REMEDY's Healthy Living, Summer 2014

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 06 Jul 2013

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015