Read this and take your pick from Fruits, to Soda, beans or chewing gum. Raffinose, Sorbitol (sugar) and also fibre content can be the cause you need to identify and check what works best for you. Beans, Onions, Carbs, IBS, Soda, Pear, Peach, oats…..
Recently i picked up an article form the Medical Daily and have the excerpts in simple language for you for these 8 Foods you need to watch.
What better way to start the list off than with the food with the worst reputation for causing gas: beans. They cause gas because they contain large amounts of a compound known as raffinose. According to expert advise, some people lack enough of the enzymes needed to break down raffinose in the small intestines.
As a result, the compound passes into the large intestines undisturbed, where intestinal bacteria then feast upon it. The gas many experience after eating beans is the aftermath of this process. Some over-the-counter gas relief medications, such as Beano, contain the enzyme needed to break down raffinose.
Although you may think it’s the excess fiber in certain vegetables that leads to excessive gas, once again it’s actually the raffinose. Some of the vegetables with the highest amounts of raffinose include peas, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, and cauliflower. In addition to raffinose, certain vegetables also have a high sulfur content, Flatulence Curesreported.
Onions can be a particular problem for some individuals, especially those who already experience digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome. This is because onions contain high levels of fructans. According to Food Map, fructans are the natural way that some fruits and vegetables store their carbohydrates. Such as in the case with raffinose, the human intestines do not produce the enzymes needed to break down fructose. As a result, these compounds also end up in the large intestines, where they are broken down by gut bacteria, causing gas.
No, it’s not just you; certain fruits really do give you gas. The reason for this is a double whammy. Not only do some fruits contain high amounts of sorbitol, a sugar compound known to cause gas, but many fruits also contain soluble fiber, which is feasted upon in the large intestines by gut bacteria. According to Everyday Health, some of the worst gas-causing fruits are prunes, apples, peaches, and pears.
For certain individuals, carbohydrates can be at the root of serious gas problems. Individuals with a complex carb intolerance lack the enzyme needed to digest these carbohydrates. Without these enzymes, carbohydrates can pass onto the large intestines undigested. According to the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, once in the large intestines, the undigested carbohydrates become the food source for gut bacteria. The bacteria break down the undigested carbohydrates during the process of fermentation, and the result of this biological process is lots of gas.
Now, it’s a no-brainer that drinks with excess air are bound to lead to excess gas, but the carbonation is not the only reason for soda’s gassy byproduct. According to LiveStrong, the artificial sweeteners used in soda are also hard for our bodies to break down and consequently get left behind longer in the digestive process, leaving them more susceptible to being broken down by gut bacteria in the large intestines. However, there may even be one more reason why soda always leaves you gassy: the way we drink it. LiveStrong reported that drinking any beverage out of a straw increases the amount of air you swallow.
Chewing is one of the easiest ways for our bodies to swallow extra gas, so it’s no surprise that gum managed to make the list. However, gum’s gassy characteristics don’t end there. Similarly to soda, the artificial sweetener in gum can also lead to gastrointestinal irritations, which take the form of excess, Healthline reported.
While oatmeal may be a nutritious way to start off your day, it may be best to avoid it before you have a big presentation or hot date. The oats in oatmeal and oat-based cereals contains high soluble fiber. Unlike insoluble fiber, which helps to promote regularity, soluble fibers expand when exposed to water and can actually slow down the digestion of food. This type of fiber is good for lowering blood cholesterol levels and managing diarrhea and IBS, but it can result in excessive gas.