I'm Jackie Arnett, and this is trouble absorbing fats and carbohydrates. Having trouble digesting nutrients can lead to malabsorption, including the nutrients of fats and carbohydrates, which are found in so many of the foods we eat. Carbs like bread, pasta and rice, and fats like olive oil and butter. If you eat these particular foods and experience abdominal cramping or gastrointestinal distress, you may have malabsorption issues. You could check with your doctor since malabsorption can lead to something more serious underlying. But if you do feel like you have malabsorption problems, there's three things you can do right now. First thing is chew your food properly. So much of our digestion occurs with just the foods we chew. So for example, complex carbohydrates, the starches are digested a lot by the saliva. So by chewing properly, we can make sure that we're helping our digestive tract absorb nutrients. Another thing to consider is medical conditions. Our fats and carbohydrates are digested in our small intestine and colon. So if you have disorders in those areas, you may have trouble absorbing nutrients, such as orders like inflammatory bowel syndrome. Other things you should consider are allergies and intolerances, like Celiac disease, which affect breads and pasta, or a lactose intolerance which we find in dairy products, like cheese and milk. The last thing you should consider if you feel like you have malabsorption is the medications you're taking. Medications like anti-acids reduce the acidity in the stomach and that reduces our nutrients that we can absorb. Also, fat blockers affect the enzyme lipase, which affects the fats that we can absorb. Remember the foods you eat are only as good as the nutrients you absorb from them, so make sure you're digesting and absorbing fats and carbohydrates properly.