No one likes feeling bloated and full. Not only does it make you feel a little nauseated throughout your day, but it can be a menace when you want to wear that slim-fitting t-shirt or button those skinny jeans.
Some people may assume that a bloated stomach like this is something that you just have to live with if you get it. But that’s not true! If you want to avoid the bloat and have that nice, flat tummy all day long, all you have to do is avoid certain foods. Here they are.
1. Dried fruit
People often mistake dried fruit for a healthy snack, but it’s actually full of bad-for-you sugars, and these sugars in the fructose form can have trouble observing in some people’s bodies. These individuals will likely have excess gas and bloating as a result if they eat dried fruits.
2. Chewing gum
There are a lot of things wrong with chewing gum. First of all, it contains a chemical called sorbitol, which is known to cause gastrointestinal distress as well as bloating. In addition, as you continue to chew gum throughout the day, it triggers special hormones that your brain sends out when you are hungry or eating. Without food, these hormones just bloat you.
3. Canned and frozen packaged foods
You have likely already heard that you should stay away from packaged foods, but do you know why? Foods that has been canned or frozen have very high levels of sodium, and sodium is not only bad for your health, but it also causes major bloating.
4. Artificial sweeteners
Any foods that are made with artificial sweeteners will tend to cause excess gas and bloating. This includes diet cookies and candies and of course, diet sodas.
5. Lentils and beans
Beans are known as the magical fruit because well, you know the rest. But lentils and beans truly are bloat-inducing foods. This is because they contain sugars known as oligosaccharides. Many people have trouble breaking down these sugars in their intestines, and this will cause subsequent bloating.
6. Some dairy products
People who are lactose intolerant will have trouble digesting the milk sugar or lactose found in many dairy products, such as ice cream, milk and certain cheeses.
7. Whole grains
Whole grains are much better for you than simple grains. For example, you should always try to eat whole wheat bread and brown rice over white bread and white rice. But in some cases, the excess fiber found in whole grains can cause gas issues and bloating.
The fact of the matter is that you should not avoid whole grains because they are good for you, and many of the other foods listed in this article are good for you as well. But if you want to avoid excess bloating, it may be a good idea to reduce your intake of some of these foods. Simply aim to eat them and moderation along with other foods that do not cause excess bloating.