Everyone knows what it feels like to be bloated, yet we may not always know why we feel that way. This article explores some of the foods which cause this uncomfortable feeling, so you can avoid it altogether. Certain foods are very hard for your body to digest and as a result there’s a build up of gas. The abdomen will begin to swell and you’ll suffer from flatulence and burping. Clearly it’s not a pleasant condition, but luckily it can be avoided.
Perhaps the most common contributor to bloating is greasy food. Fried chicken, French fries, and other fried foods are particular culprits. So are burgers, pizza, corn dogs, and the list goes on. Foods that are cooked in oil are typically much harder for the stomach to digest; it takes the stomach much longer than usual to break down the fats so it can properly digest them. These digestive problems result in excess gas, and bloating. Some of these foods also cause bloating for another reason, namely high sodium content. Any food which contains excessive amounts of sodium, such as canned soup, chips, pretzels, and salted nuts, causes the body to retain water. When the body retains water it gets bloated.
Carbonated beverages are ubiquitous these days, and though may seem harmless they cause many problems for the stomach. When you drink a carbonated drink you consume bubbles of carbon dioxide. Having these bubbles in your digestive system causes significant bloating and sometimes real indigestion problems. This can often result in a very uncomfortable tightening of the chest, for example.
Another class of drinks which is commonly consumed but nevertheless causes serious digestion problems is alcohol. Alcohol can be difficult for the body to digest, and considering that many drinks also have very high sugar content, there’s a lot going on in the stomach to digest the beverage. One last beverage to consider is milk; the lactose which is in milk and various other dairy products is also very difficult for the body to break down. Once again these difficulties in digestion will lead to excess gas and bloating.
Unfortunately there are also healthy foods which cause gas problems, particularly many fruits and vegetables. Those which are high in sugar and fiber will invariable cause the formation of gas in the stomach. When it comes to vegetables, beware of dried peas, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, asparagus, and of course, beans. Gas inducing fruits include peaches, prunes, pears, and apples. This is not to say you shouldn’t consume these fruits and vegetables, just avoid having excessive amounts of them or combining them with other bloating foods.