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What Fruits Are Good for Digestion?

author image Mary McNally
Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.
What Fruits Are Good for Digestion?
Fruit is a good source of dietary fiber. Photo Credit Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images

Some fruits are good for digestion because they provide fiber that keeps the gastrointestinal tract in good working order. They also contain enzymes that break down hard-to-digest proteins. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommends eating a variety of colorful fruits every day to maintain a healthy diet. How much fruit you need varies by age, gender and activity level. However, adding high-fiber fruits to your diet will aid in food digestion.


What Fruits Are Good for Digestion?
Pears are high in soluble fiber. Photo Credit Kathleen C Petersen/iStock/Getty Images

One medium-size raw pear with skin contains 4 grams of soluble fiber. This fiber, when combined with liquid, pushes food through the gastrointestinal tract. Fiber can improve high cholesterol levels, hemorrhoids, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. It is a simple matter to get enough fruit and fiber in your day when you start early. Have a bowl of high-fiber cereal, such as oatmeal with pear slices, for breakfast.


What Fruits Are Good for Digestion?
Apples can be pureed into applesauce and retain much of their fiber. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

One medium raw apple with skin provides 3.3 g of fiber. Apples, when pureed into applesauce, have almost the same amount of fiber and can be used to substitute for up to one half of the butter or oil in a recipe to make it healthier. The applesauce keeps the food in the recipe moist and cuts down on fat, which can cause heartburn.

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What Fruits Are Good for Digestion?
Raspberries are packed with fiber. Photo Credit matka_Wariatka/iStock/Getty Images

One half cup of raw raspberries is packed with 4 g of fiber. While fruit juices contain many of the nutrients of the fruit from which the juice is made, the process of extracting juice usually removes most of the fiber. Eat whole, raw fruits to get the most fiber benefit. Raspberries are another healthy addition to high-fiber foods, such as raspberry oat bran muffins or granola cereals.


What Fruits Are Good for Digestion?
Papaya contains an enzyme that makes it very easy to digest protein. Photo Credit GYRO PHOTOGRAPHY/amanaimagesRF/amana images/Getty Images

Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that breaks down protein and makes it very easy to digest. Papain is also one of the main ingredients in meat tenderizer. This enzyme speeds up the chemical reaction that processes protein and moves food through the gastrointestinal tract. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds, and add it to yogurt and soy milk to make a smoothie that is easy on the stomach.

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