Food allies and enemies of gases

One of the main factors to avoid annoying gases is to follow a proper diet and prepare, with the most appropriate technique, dishes with legumes, cabbages, and leeks. On the other hand, the insoluble fiber causes a smaller quantity of gases. Knowing these aspects is key because, with good weather, gases or flatulence in the body are more frequent. This article highlights the most important aspects to avoid and combat gases. It is basic: reduce carbohydrates, take into account the relationship between diet and gases, as well as other recommendations to avoid them and several alternatives.

Reduce carbohydrates

Most carbohydrates cause gases, in more or less quantity, according to each person. In the first place, the carbohydrates of slow absorption stand out, such as legumes (lentils, beans and chickpeas), pasta and corn; also dairy products, such as cow’s milk, ice cream, cream, and cured cheeses; and vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onion, mushrooms, artichokes, cucumber, green pepper, beans, radishes, turnips and asparagus.

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Most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas

Soft drinks and artificial sweeteners, such as mannitol, xylitol, and sorbitol, are also gas-producing agents. These are located mostly in candies and chewing gum or in sugar-free drinks.

As for fruits, it is advisable to consume them peeled. They cause more gases apples, plums, raisins, grapes, and pears. Although fiber is very important for the proper functioning of the intestinal flora, it can cause gases during its digestion, especially vegetable fiber, the non-soluble part present, in smaller or greater quantity, in the cellular wall of vegetables. On the other hand, the insoluble fiber, when modified little during its passage through the gastrointestinal tract, causes a smaller amount of gases. Also, proteins and fats generate little amount of gases, so it is rarely necessary to eliminate them from the diet in case of flatulence.

Diet and gases

Since the production of gases is inevitable and, even if you want, cannot be avoided, several aspects should be highlighted.

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  • Gases are air present naturally in the digestive tract.
  • Almost all foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas.
  • Very fried meats, or fried foods in general, also favor gases.
  • Foods that produce gas to one person do not always cause the same effect in others.
  • Some medications are also prone to gas production.
  • The most common symptoms are abdominal swelling, discomfort or abdominal pain, burps or rectal gases.
  • Diet and eating slowly without swallowing too much air are key factors to avoid excess gas.
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Other recommendations to avoid gases

In the digestive system, there are always gases, which are generated by swallowing food and involuntary swallowing of ambient air. Once in the stomach, the gas passes first to the small intestine, where it is mostly absorbed; the air that is not absorbed passes to the large intestine and causes the annoying excess of gases.

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The sensation of flatulence is often the main indicator of gas, as well as abdominal distension, pain or swelling, or belching. The seriousness of the problem is related to the volume of gas produced in the body, if the fart is smelly, and the sensitivity of each person to it. Some hardly notice it, while in others it can be very annoying. In more severe cases, it would indicate some serious illness.

The main factor to avoid these annoying gases is a proper diet. Substituting foods prone to the formation of gases reduce them, which can be suppressed for some time, until the symptoms improve, and then, consume them again in small quantities and check the body’s reaction. Take the time to eat, chew properly and with your mouth closed, eat slowly, without hurry, do not talk while eating, drink liquid at the end of eating and exercise are also fundamental aspects for the prevention of gases.

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