Gassy Foods Diet

The purpose of this diet is to eliminate foods that may be contributing to excess gas. While gas is a normal part of digestion, too much gas - whether it presents itself through belching, bloating or flatulence - can be uncomfortable.Excess gas is usually attributed to diet, but certain medical conditions can also increase gassiness, including: Crohn’s diseaseCeliac diseasePancreatic insufficiencyIrritable bowel syndromeUlcerative colitisTherefore, it is important that you talk to your doctor about any symptoms that you may be having.Gas is a normal by-product of digestion. Swallowing air can cause gas to build up in the stomach, usually resulting in belching. Certain foods increase flatulence by providing nutrients to the gas-producing bacteria that reside in our lower intestines. High-fiber foods often cause gas, especially if you're not used to eating them.Flatulence and bloating can also be caused by lactose intolerance . This condition arises when there is not enough of the enzyme that breaks down milk sugar. The list below should be used only as a guide. These are foods and beverages that are known to cause excess gas in many people, but you may tolerate them just fine. Before you avoid these healthy foods, try to figure out which ones cause gas in you.To pinpoint which foods may be contributing to your excess gas, consider keeping a food log to track the foods that you eat and their effects.Whole grains (such as whole wheat, bran, oats) and whole-grain productsAsparagusBroccoliBrussels sproutsCabbageCarrotsCauliflowerCeleryCornCucumbersLeeksOnionsPeasPeppersPotatoesRadishesSauerkrautTurnipsApricotsApplesPearsPeachesCantaloupe and other melonsRaisinsPrunesCitrus fruitsMilk and other dairy products, including highly fermented cheeseBeans and other legumes (such as baked beans and garbanzo, kidney, lentil, lima, navy and pinto beans)Sugar-free hard candies and gumMilk and milk products (if lactose-intolerant)Carbonated drinksDetermining which foods are best tolerated by you is often a process of trial and error. However, most foods not on this list should be fine.If you are increasing your intake of fiber, do so gradually.Avoid chewing gum or talking while eating. Both can cause you to swallow air.Exercise can help stimulate gas to pass through the digestive tract.Consider meeting with a registered dietitian to develop a personalized meal plan.Last reviewed March 2011 by Maria Adams, MS, MPH, RDLast updated Updated: 3/29/2011 Copyright © 2010 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

Gassy Foods Diet