Products that cause flatulence

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Last reviewed: 05.10.2018

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Flatulence is a phenomenon in which gases accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract after digestion of food. Flatulence is quite common. The disease is not considered, as it occurs only as a result of digestion and hence - increased gas formation in the stomach.

But if there is a disbalance in the process of gas formation, absorption and digestion of nutrients in the intestinal tract, one can speak of a pathological phenomenon. In this case, it is necessary to identify which foods that cause increased gas production, eliminate them and make up a diet that will minimize the formation of gases.

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What causes flatulence?

In fact, with the use of all products, the process of formation of gases in the body occurs. Only after taking some, you will not notice the process of gas formation, and others will lead to severe symptoms of flatulence.

  • Bean cultures. The human stomach does not have enough strength for the processes of digesting beans. And the bacteria of the intestines "digest" it, hence the gases. But not all legumes have such a strong gassing effect. Lentil has a more gentle effect on the human body.
  • Cabbage. White, colored and broccoli have the effect of gases both in ready-made and raw form. Boiled cabbage, which after it will be put out, is easily perceived by the body.
  • Some dairy products, such as milk, cream, kefir, fermented baked milk and cheese. Yogurt, yogurt and ice cream can form gases - but to a lesser extent. In order to check how dairy products affect your gastrointestinal tract, take dairy products in pure form.
  • Fruits, vegetables, greens with high levels of complex carbohydrates and fiber. To reduce the effect of flatulence, vegetables should be processed - carcass, blanching, cooking reduces the amount of fiber. Try to fill salads with simple dressings - oil or yogurt.
  • Cereal products, flour products and whole grains - this includes freshly baked bread and cereals. If you like porridge - try boil the croup longer or replace it with pudding or souffle.

What foods cause flatulence?

  • Salt and all foods that contain a high percentage of salt - spices, condiments. Since salt has the property of retaining fluid in the body, there is a feeling of fatigue and drowsiness.
  • Carbohydrates. Muscles have the property of delaying and storing in themselves glycogen, the ratio of which is one gram of glycogen to three grams of water. But it is impossible to artificially increase the glycogen reserve. Carbohydrate-containing foods will not send glycogen into the muscles, but into the intestines. Accordingly, there will be symptoms of flatulence.
  • Raw vegetables and fruits. Among the raw vegetables, the risk group includes asparagus, young corn, onion, artichoke, cabbage (any), potatoes. Fruits that contain sugar - grapes, apples, peaches, cherries, figs, prunes, pears and citrus. If you do not want to lose the daily amount of vitamins that you can get with the intake of vegetables and fruits, try to process them. Fruits can be twisted into juice, and vegetables boil or churn. Thus, they will take up less space in the stomach, but will bring much more benefit.
  • Forget about chewing gum. A long chewing process causes the ingestion of air. It is the ingress of excess air and provokes enhanced processes of gas formation.
  • Sugar spirit. Products that contain xylitol and maltitol - cookies, some sweets, soft drinks, energy. Sugar alcohol gives a sweet aftertaste, but a large dose will not be digested by the stomach, a bloating will occur.
  • Fried food. Fried and fatty food is digested slowly, hence the feeling of heaviness in the stomach.
  • Spicy spices. Causes irritation in the tract and bloating. Minimize the consumption of foods such as nutmeg, black and red pepper, cloves, chili, garlic and onions, horseradish, ketchup, vinegar.
  • Carbonated drinks. The abundance of gas balls eventually settles in the stomach.
  • Drinks that contain acids. Coffee, black tea, cocoa and hot chocolate, alcohol and fruit juices. A high level of acid can cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract.

One of the causes of flatulence can be dysbiosis of the large intestine. When you take a large amount of food, but in the intestine there are no special microorganisms that absorb the gases, there is the release of excess gas from the body.

Also, the cause of flatulence is the deterioration of the motor function of the gastrointestinal tract, which occurred as a result of surgical intervention. There is a stagnation of fecal masses, which provoke decay and souring.

Apples and flatulence

Fresh apples, regardless of the variety, contain a high percentage of fiber. This in turn leads to bloating. Even if you have eaten one apple, you can feel the symptoms of flatulence.

But you can pay attention to baked apples. They are assimilated much faster, since they do not need such thorough internal processing. At the same time, unfortunately, baked apples contain fewer useful vitamins.

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Garlic and flatulence

Garlic in its raw form causes unpleasant symptoms of flatulence. But you can use garlic to eliminate flatulence. Green leaves of young garlic, which must be thoroughly washed and finely chopped will improve your appetite and help in improving the digestion process. A mature denticles, finely chopped and dried - will help remove the severity of the stomach and raise the overall level of immunity.

Pea and flatulence

Peas are among those products that can cause flatulence. But you can reduce the effect of this product on the body, if you use different types of processing and cooking. There is an opinion that peas will still be "puchit". But if you soak a proper portion of beans before cooking for several hours, then gas formation will not subsequently torment you.

Flatulence and bananas

Bananas, which are a whole storehouse of nutrients and useful vitamins can harm your body if you consume them in large quantities. In some people, the process of digesting a banana can cause fermentation in the stomach and, accordingly, flatulence. The symptoms are getting worse with gastritis or stomach ulcer.

Flatulence from water

Ordinary water, in a bottle or from the tap, which you drink to quench your thirst, does not carry any harm in itself. But if the water is carbonated, then it can lead to the appearance of gases in the gastrointestinal tract. It is also not recommended to drink water during meals. Together with gulps, a large amount of air is swallowed, which then interferes with digestion processes. If you are thirsty, try to drink water after eating.

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Flatulence and bran

Bran is a product that will benefit you with moderate consumption, but with large portions it will be harmful. So, per day a person is recommended to use no more than thirty grams of bran (regardless of culture). Try mixing bran with other products to get all the necessary benefits.

Flatulence from milk

Dairy products can cause flatulence, since they contain lactose. At the moment, the percentage of people whose body, when digesting lactose, forms gases, increases. Therefore, try or reduce the amount of sour-milk products used or use those that do not contain lactose (substitutes).

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Flatulence and coffee

Caffeine, or rather its excess in the body, also leads to flatulence. In order that you do not suffer after every cup of coffee, to give it up is not enough. Caffeine is also found in tea (especially green tea). To eliminate the possibility of meteorism, you should start consuming beverages with low caffeine content or completely without it. But do not go to surrogates, the taste of which resemble a real tea or coffee, but contain a minimum or do not contain caffeine. Such surrogates can be extremely harmful to your health, despite the similar taste qualities.

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Zucchini and flatulence

When compiling a diet to combat flatulence, special attention is usually drawn to zucchini. This product, which has undergone thermal treatment, helps with digestion of food and reduces gassing processes. Zucchini can be part of the main course, which will help the digestive process. But zucchini should be boiled, stewed or roasted, so that they really give the desired effect.

Flatulence from protein

Protein - one of the components of nutrition for athletes. But a large amount of protein leads to an excess of protein-containing substances and the processing processes form a large number of gases. But with protein reduction in your diet, this problem is eliminated. As with all other products, the protein should be taken in the normalized amounts, and sometimes, depending on the characteristics of the human body, and at all from it refuse to avoid the acute manifestations of flatulence.

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Flatulence after alcohol

Alcohol contains sugar alcohol, which adversely affects the digestive process and can cause bloating. 

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Flatulence after beer

Beer is a product that is formed as a result of fermentation. Accordingly, getting into the stomach, these fermentation processes continue. Problems with the intestinal microflora, weakened stomach leads to the fact that even a couple of sips of a refreshing drink can lead to pelvic and bloating.

In fact, not only products can cause symptoms of flatulence. This disruption of the gastrointestinal tract can occur in the infant. The cause can be both a disruption of the enzyme system, and various diseases. The absence of certain enzymes in the human body leads to poor digestion of food. In these processes, gases are formed.

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