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 6 Worst Snacks for Your Gut Health, Say Dietitians

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Candy

"A high-sugar diet can disrupt the balance of good and bad gut bugs and may contribute to worsening gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, gas, pain, and loose stools."

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French fries

"They reduce the healthy gut bacteria and may even lead to more gut inflammation," says Magil. 

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Potato chips

French fries, potato chips are fried, significantly lowering their health factor. "Snack foods like salty potato chips can have the same impact [as French fries] on gut health," says Magill.

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Sugar-free sweets

Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the communication between bacteria in the microbiome and increase inflammation within the gut," says gut health dietitian Julie Balsamo, MS, RDN, of Nutrition by Julie

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Refined wheat crackers

Crackers made with refined wheat, such as artificially flavored cheese crackers or graham crackers, definitely fall into the "heavily processed" category, making them some of the worst snacks for gut health.

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Bologna

America's favorite lunch meat makes the list. Scientific evidence shows that processed meats like bologna, kielbasa, and bacon are some of the worst culprits for inflammation.

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