5 Foods that Cause Gas

In some types of foods, gas occurs more than others. All foods contain some gases which the body considers to be waste. These byproducts of digestion are then released from the body in the form of gas, either through burping or flatulence. This release is a natural occurrence, and can happen several times a day. This happens when the food type is harder to break down into energy and waste, and the body has a harder time with digestion. If there are more undigested portions of the food, gas is more likely to occur.

If you do not want the inconvenience of experiencing gas or feeling bloated after a meal, here are some foods that you should avoid. Keep in mind though that people react differently to various types of food. Be more observant about the food you eat and the reaction your body has to it.

1. Beans

This is possibly one of the top culprits for gas and flatulence. Beans contain the carbohydrate called raffinose, which is not easily digested by the body. This causes massive amounts of gas to be produced and dispersed. Other vegetables with a high dose of raffinose are cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. In order to avoid bloating and flatulence, you might want to steer clear of these foods.

2. Starchy Foods

Some soluble fiber and starchy foods create more gas and are harder to digest. Consumption of potatoes, corn, and wheat can contribute to a gassy and flatulent day. If your body cannot tolerate these foods, then gas builds up because the starches and fiber get fermented in your body. If your intolerance toward wheat is higher than normal, it’s best to consult a doctor because this is one of the symptoms of celiac disease.

3. Dairy

If you find yourself rushing to the bathroom or feeling extremely bloated after consuming dairy products, then you may be suffering from lactose intolerance. Lactose is the sugar that is found in dairy products such as milk and cheese. If your body is unable to break this down, it can lead to more than flatulence. It can even lead to diarrhea and abdominal cramps. If you are lactose intolerant, consider the alternatives such as soy milk and cottage cheese.   

4. Carbonated Drinks

Sodas and carbonated drinks contain air bubbles that get trapped in your digestive tract. This causes not only bloating, but a bit of tension in your abdomen. These gases are not digested or absorbed by your body and have to be dispelled. If you find yourself experiencing gas more often, you might want to cut back on your sodas.

5. Fruits

Fruits contain healthy sugars, but these sugars–particularly sorbitol–are the main culprit for a gas attack. The most gas-inducing fruits are prunes, pears, apples and peaches. For a comfortable, flatulent-free experience, you might want to keep these fruits away from your diet.

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