Foods That Can Lead To Bloating

I'm sure that we've all experienced that uncomfortable, puffy feeling that we get when we eat the wrong way. Perhaps we ate too fast, we ate too much or we had food that was high in fiber and caused gas to build up in our digestive system. Bloating is not typically a serious problem but it can make you uncomfortable.

Any type of food that can lead to gas can also lead to bloating. The foods are not bad in and of themselves, and some of them may actually be good for you, such as high fiber foods that are part of a healthy diet. That being said, there are some things that can help to reduce the discomfort. But for now, let's take a look at the foods that might give you that bloated or gassy feeling.

1. Legumes  

Any type of dry beans or lentils is going to have a specific type of fiber known as raffinose. When you eat a lot of those beans or legumes, it can cause gas to form in the digestive tract. Legumes can be a healthy addition to your diet but you should start with smaller portions and build up how much you are eating slowly. You can also use Beano or another digestive aid.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables  

Cruciferous vegetables include Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower. They also contain a lot of raffinose along with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It's a good idea to include cruciferous vegetables in your healthy diet but give your digestive system time to adjust by starting with smaller portions. Lightly steaming the vegetables before eating them can also help.

3. Carbonated Beverages  

It doesn't take much of a carbonated beverage to feel bloated and when you think about the fact that you're swallowing air, it's easy to see why. Belching can help to relieve the swollen feeling but you might still experience a little bloating. Sucking on hard candy, chewing gum and drinking or eating too quickly can cause a similar effect.

4. Greasy Foods

 If you eat a high-fat meal you are likely to feel bloated afterward. Your stomach will not empty quickly when you have a lot of fat in your food. A little bit of fat is fine but eating a greasy, fatty meal will likely make you feel miserable. You can't do much other than waiting until it passes and being a little more careful the next time.

5. Alcohol Sugars

As Sweeteners  Sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol are examples of alcohol sugars and there are many foods that are sweetened with them. They don't digest easily so your body ferments them inside the digestive tract. Sugar-free gum and candy and low-carb foods are some of the more common culprits.

6. Dairy Products  

Dairy products of any type can cause bloating and discomfort, particularly for those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Some of the people who are more likely to have lactose intolerance include African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos and Asians. You can get around this issue by taking lactose pills when you eat or drink dairy or by drinking lactose-free milk.

7. Whole Grains  

It's a good idea to include whole grains because they are rich in fiber and nutrients. The fiber in the starch can cause you to feel bloated, particularly if you eat too much. Over time your digestive system will get used to the additional fiber and the bloating will likely decrease.