Got a case of the farts? Could these be the unsuspecting culprits?
We may be told that these are healthy foods to eat but for some of us, these produces can cause gas build-up in the tummy or small intestine, leading to bloating and inflated belly. When you’re gassy, naturally you’d want to release it one way or another right?
Perhaps, you might want to avoid the following food items if you want to stay clear of the gassy situation.
While we look to this fruit for its cooling effect, watermelon is actually high in fructose – a naturally occurring sugar that is normally not absorbed well by our GI system. This in turn leads to gassy stomach and experts estimated that one in three people suffer from this condition called malabsorption.
This is one fruit that has more fructose than glucose. The imbalance content makes it harder for the fructose to be absorbed by the body and thus, you’re more susceptible to bloating and other stomach problems.
These may be rich in antioxidants but they’re also high in polyols, the main component in sugar substitutes that are often blamed for abdominal distress. Polyols tend to stay in the digestive system for a long time without being fully absorbed and thus, the bloating or excessive flatulence situation.
The forbidden fruit is bad for those who suffer from fructose malabsorption. The condition occurs when the natural sugar is unable to be absorbed by the body. Apple can trigger this and cause a myriad of digestive issues, diarrhoea, bloatedness, etc.
They may be known to help relieve constipation but plums are packed with polyols, often called sugar alcohols because of their structure. Once consumed, they’re fermented by gut bacteria and this can escalate tummy problems like bloating.
Scallions are the stalks which are picked before they’re matured into green onions. This and other strong flavoured veggies like garlic, onions, shallots and leeks are high in fructans – a type of fibre made up of mostly fructose molecules. Humans lack the enzymes to break down fructans so gut problems are rife as no one is really able to fully digest them.
This veggie contains galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) which are a chain of sugars that are hard to digest. It may just ended up feeding gut bacteria instead and cause a bloated stomach. Snow peas also have fructans and are high in polyols, both of which can create stomach issues.
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Source: Reader’s Digest