Beat the Bloat

In our May issue’s Health column we share some of the prime culprits for bloating. Don’t get caught in an uncomfortable situation in class. Beat the bloat.

Eating too quickly or too much can cause gas and bloating, and so can certain types of foods. Many foods that make your insides gurgle are good for you, but you may want to avoid eating too much of them before class. Here are some top offenders:

  • High-fat foods. Fat takes a while to digest, so it keeps you full, but the breakdown process can cause gassiness.

  • Beans and lentils are high in fiber and protein, but they contain sugars that can only be broken down in the intestine, not the stomach, which causes gas.

  • Sugars and starches in fruits and vegetables like brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, prunes and apricots can also cause temporary bloating and gas.

  • Chewing gum. Artificial sweeteners like sorbitol in gum can cause gas, and gum-chewing causes you to swallow air, which contributes to bloating.

If you experience frequent bloating, talk to your doctor.

Source: WebMD

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