I got a lot of teasing from friends when I mentioned I planned writing on this topic. But the thing is, we’ve all eaten that one food that made us gassy and uncomfortable at one point in our lives.
I experience a lot of flatulence and stomach upset when I take in beans or any food made from it. I would be fine for some hour, get uncomfortably gassy, and be that way for an hour or more.
So, if you experience gassiness, you’ll agree these are some common foods known to cause flatulence:
4. Dairy Products (milk, cheese, ice cream, )
5. Fruits (oranges, watermelon, mango, apricot, plum, peaches, and pear.)
6. Whole Grains (barley, rye, and wheat)
7. Carbonated Drinks
8. Artificial Sweeteners
Why You Get Gas
Mostly, this gassiness comes when the food we took is broken down by bacteria as it gets digested.
Beans contains a complex sugar, raffinose, which the body struggles to break down. During this process, methane gas, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen get produced in the large intestine and this is what gets released as gas.
Dairy products contain lactose (a type of sugar) which the body breaks down and uses as energy. Your system uses the enzyme lactase in breaking down lactose. Some people have an inadequate supply of lactase and this results in a condition referred to as lactose intolerance with symptoms like bloatting, diarrhea, vomiting, a rumbling stomach, and gassiness.
Some vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, and cauliflower also contain raffinose.
This food type also contains the enzyme raffinose, as well as starch and fiber which could also lead to flatulence.
Just like beans, certain fruits like apples and pear also produce methane gas, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen when digested.
Most sodas and other carbonated drinks make you gassy because you take in air as you consume them. This air is what makes you uncomfortable and comes out as gas.
How to Prevent or Control Gassiness
So how do you prevent gassiness or reduce the discomfort when you do experience one?
There are some foods you can pre-soak before cooking to reduce their gassiness and beans is one of them. Pre-soaking your beans for as short as 20 minutes can reduce the gas greatly.
2. Leave Open
Leave sodas and carbonated drinks open for a few minutes to allow some or most of the gas escape before consuming.
Also, you might want to swallow in small gulps to avoid taking in air.
3. Take in Lots of Water
You should also take in lots of water before and after taking a meal to reduce flatulence. Taking water 30 minutes before a meal aids your stomach acid to work better.
4. Take Activated Charcoal
If the feeling of flatulence is unbearable or just downright uncomfortable, you could pop an activated charcoal pill or dissolve some in a glass of water and drink. Activated charcoal is famous for relieving discomfort from gas or bloatting.
5. Take Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is a medicinal and effective in preventing flatulence as it prevents gas from building up in your system. A glass of ginger tea made from ginger powder or fresh ginger roots taken just after your meal will take care of this problem. You could also chew the roots if you can stand its hotness.
6. Baking Soda
A glass of baking soda after your meal will also eliminate flatulence. Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water or a pinch to a glass of lemon juice.
7. Avoid the Food Altogether
You might want to look into avoiding or limiting foods known to make you gassy or bloated.