What foods typically cause gas?
How is Gas Produced?
Intestinal gas is a common by-product of eating. Contrary to many other health conditions related to diet, a healthier diet may actually make your gas worse rather than better. Bacteria breaks down the food you eat once it gets to your colon, and that bacteria produces gas. Swallowing a lot of excess air while you eat can also cause more gas in your digestive tract. Some of the bacteria in the intestines includes hydrogen, carbon dioxide and methane.
Some foods are frequent culprits for causing intestinal gas because they are more difficult for the body to digest. The bacteria in the lower intestines helps to break down certain foods into simpler substances that are more easily digested, but this process produces more gas.
Higher and Lower Gas Foods
Certain foods produce more gas than others. Beans and legumes are notorious for causing gas. Dairy products and foods containing the sweeteners fructose and sorbitol also produce more gas. The reason these foods cause more gas is because they are less digestible in their natural state and require more of the bacteria to break down the foods into simpler substances.
By comparison, lower gas foods are more naturally digestible and are more easily broken down. Examples of lower gas foods are included in each category below.
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- Dairy Products
- Beans and Legumes
- Grains and Starches
- High-fat Foods
- Meats and Meat Substitutes