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Banish Bloating: 8 Foods to Avoid

Picture of Bowls of Healthy Nuts | Gastroenterology AtlantaYou know the feeling. It starts with a vague fullness. It grows and grows, uncomfortably. You may feel, admit it, gassy. You may stifle a burp. Yes, you are bloated. The good news is that we at GI-North Gastroenterology Services can help you prevent these symptoms. One way is through examining your diet. Here are eight foods to watch.

1. Legumes.
It’s true. Legumes such as kidney beans, lentils and peas can cause gassiness because their sugars are difficult to digest. If you don’t want to give them up because you rely on them as a source of protein, try first taking a digestive enzyme supplement to help your system digest the meal.

2. Milk and other dairy products.
Blame the sugar, called lactose. If you are intolerant to it, you may suffer painful digestive symptoms when you consume it. Opt for lactose-free dairy products.

3. Cabbage, broccoli and asparagus.
Again, blame the sugar, which in these green vegetables is called raffinose. It can cause gassiness when it is digested. Before giving up the health benefits of these vegetables, try eating them cooked, which breaks them down a bit so they are easier to digest.

4. Some sugarless gum.
It’s not a food, but it can cause the same bloating if it has a sugar substitute called sorbitol.

5. Apples.
They can cause bloating in people with difficulty processing fruit sugar, called fructose. Try eating half an apple at a time and see if that helps. If not, you may have to give up apples.

6. Processed foods.
This time, it’s the high-sodium content that’s the culprit. It’s found in many convenience foods such as microwaveable meals, soups, sauces and salad dressings. Fresh is best.

7. Soda.
Not a shocker, is it? The carbonation expands in your gastrointestinal tract. Carbonated drinks have no nutritional value, so just skip them.

8. Too much of anything.
Think Thanksgiving dinner syndrome. You pile everything on your plate and go back for seconds, even though you are full. You pay for it later when you feel like the stuffed turkey yourself. Eating too much of anything, even healthy food, at one sitting is likely to bring on bloating and gas, not to mention too many calories, so just don’t do it.

If you’ve tried these basic tips and still suffer from intestinal discomfort, contact GI-North Gastroenterology Services. We will assess your symptoms to see if you have an underlying health condition and will get you on track to feeling better. Call us at 404-446-0600 or fill out our convenient online appointment form, by clicking here.

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