Gas – it truly stinks, as it has an uncanny way of sneaking up on you at the worst possible moment! You are blissfully unaware, and suddenly, you and everyone else around you are torn apart by that embarrassing fart.
Fortunately, there is a clear logic to this occurrence. Understanding why we fart can also help us understand what foods to avoid and what to immediately rectify to reign in the gas. Here, health experts give us 15 distinct foods that can cause flatulence in sensitive stomachs. Consume these with prudence and care, and you will be sure to ease those digestive blues
Give Those Apples a Miss
So you think an apple a day tends to keep the doctor away? Well it does, but not always for the reason you think. Apples are relatively high in fiber, containing as much as 4.4 grams of it in a mid-sized piece.
While this is great news for your body, it isn’t always easy on your digestive system, especially your intestines. In fact, you will be surprised to know that while most nutrition experts agree on a fiber-rich diet, they also advise that we gently ease into it, as our stomach needs some time to get accustomed to it.
If you are loading your untrained body with too many apples, you will need to see that doctor often to help get rid of the flatulence. This comes from sorbitol in apples, a sugar ingredient that slows down digestion and also causes bloating and gas (while the food is still undigested). So eat your apples by all means, but ensure that you space them out.
Go Easy on Bananas and Beans
We mean individually, although the combination can be bad as well. Bananas are widely known to cure constipation. So how can they cause gas? The answer lies in the type of banana. If you are consuming the smaller variety, they are not only rich in fiber, they are also easy to digest. It helps that they are small in size too.
On the other hand, the larger variety comes with a clear list of dos and don’ts. For instance, consuming a large banana before it is fully ripe can and will cause abdominal bloating. The same effect may also occur if you eat too many of them in a short time.
And then we have beans – all kinds – from lentils, legumes, peas, nuts, and even the plain canned ones. They are all rich in fiber (yay) and in raffinose (nay). To put it plainly, they are sugar-rich carbs that simply cannot be digested by the stomach. So they pass on, undigested, to our intestine, where they are bound to kick up a storm. Fortunately, our stomach can be gradually trained to consume beans without gas.