Feeling puffy or bloated after a meal is usually caused by gas or other digestive issues – something that about 30 percent of people say they experience regularly.
Read on for some of the most common bloat-causing foods!
- Carbonated Drinks
These drinks contain high amounts of a gas called carbon dioxide. This causes you to swallow large amounts of air and gas, which leads to bloating from air trapped in the digestive system. Opt for drinks that are non-carbonated or plain water instead!
An ingredient frequent in most baked goods, breads, cakes, or pastas. Wheat can cause major digestive problems including bloating, gas, and stomach pains – especially for those with gluten sensitivity.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables contain a sugar called raffinose – which remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferments it, which produces gas that leads to bloat. Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower are part of the cruciferous family, to name a few. Be sure to avoid larger portion sizes of these veggies, and remember to always eat them cooked (not raw!)
Lactose intolerance is a frequent condition that results when your body can’t break down lactose – the sugar found in milk. If you’re lactose intolerant, dairy can cause major digestive issues involving bloat. Alternatives to dairy include lactose-free milk products, as well as almond, coconut and rice milks.
- Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols are frequently used to replace sugar in diet sodas and gums. These can be found in the form of xylitol, sorbitol, aspartame, Splenda, or acesulfame K. These are rough on the digestive system and tend to cause gut problems.
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