Everyday bloat is a struggle for me. I feel like almost everything I eat causes it. But if you’re a normal person who only experiences it every once in a while, here are a few foods that may surprise you that causes bloat. So take a Beano or digestive enzyme before you eat them.
Most fruits like watermelon, pears, peaches and mangoes contain fruit sugar (fructose),which is known to cause bloat. Having canned fruit is no better due to the artificial sweeteners added, which can be hard for our bodies to digest. No, I’m not saying you need to stop eating fruit, just don’t go overboard.
Chewing gum is one of my favorite treats to have when I’m hungry between meals, especially the ones that taste like apple pie or peach cobbler (yum!), but unfortunately a few minutes after I start chewing them my stomach begins to look like I’m about 6 months pregnant. When we chew gum it causes us to swallow extra air, which travels down our intestinal tract and causes our mid-section to expand (bloat).
Having a milk chocolate bar may seem like a good idea as you are savoring every single bite of it’s chocolatey goodness, but for those of use who are lactose intolerant, the milk content may cause a bit of stomach discomfort. If you aren’t prepared to be in pain, try dark chocolate as an alternative. For me, I’d rather endure the bloat because dark chocolate is a little too bitter for my taste, unless I’m enjoying some Junior Mints. Yum!
Though fiber is really good for you, eating too much at one time all of a sudden can cause you to get bloated- fast. Fiber is an indigestible carb, so it takes a bit longer to make it’s way out, which is why it makes you feel so full. So, be sure to gradually increase your fiber intake and drink plenty of water. Water is absorbed by fiber, which will make it so much easier to digest and make it’s way through your system.
Ladies, don’t confuse this list of foods with things you should avoid. This information was shared just so you are aware and know what kinds of foods may be causing you discomfort. So, drink plenty of water, incorporate digestive enzymes into your diet and avoid the bloat!