The surprising mealtime trick that tames bloat-triggering gas and GI upset: Eat your side salad after your entree. The raw vegetables supply fiber and digestion-enhancing enzymes that help your body break down the food in your stomach more efficiently. Also smart: dressing your salad with oil and vinegar. Research has shown olive oil boosts nutrient intake while vinegar helps break down protein and slow carb absorption. The result? No gas, pain, or belly bloat.

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  1. Sharon Stewart

    How does eating salad after entre fit with long held ubiquitous idea of eating lighter foods first during meal so that their digestion isn’t held up waiting for more digestively complex foods to complete? Thus all meal components stay timely in passing through areas of digestion. Newer science? How can we beter understand these food interfaces as active “participants”? I’ve followed your work since discovered during the 80’s. During “low fat craze” embraced by traditional at all levels of medicine and government guidance, *your* books introduced me to idea of utilizing healthy fats; were my introduction to sorting among fats and looking at functional roles for whole nutrition. Changed my life. Thank you.

  2. Betsy

    Great advice and so simple!

  3. Judy

    Amazing! I”ve heard that they do this in Europe but did not know it had this benefit.


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