Did you know that most of us pass gas between 12-25 times per day? It’s true! Abdominal bloating affects more than 1/3 of the American population and it’s quite normal. It’s common sense, when we eat or drink expansion occurs because space in our stomach and intestines has been taken up. But if your having trouble fitting into your clothes each day because your of a swollen belly, you may want to be more aware of what you’re eating.
Here are 4 foods that could be causing your bloat and gas.
Beans-Although beans are so good for you and the perfect replacement for meat when you’re looking for a vegetarian option, they can cause bloat and gas. But if you consistently eat them along with veggies, nuts and whole grains, they won’t bother you as much because your body will get used to them. Check out my deliciously healthy black bean dip here.
Apples-Who would have thought? Yes, they’re a healthy snack containing 4.5 grams of protein, vitamin C and fiber, but they also have sugars that can cause bloat. Don’t stop eating apples, just space them out between meals in moderation. Be aware, pears and peaches are also bloating.
Salt-We’re not just talking about the salt shaker here, sodium is in nearly everything that we eat nowadays so be aware of the sodium content of when buying food, read labels and always choose the low sodium options. Salt is one of the most bloating things that you can put into your body and reducing it is the quickest way to drop pounds fast; learn more about this here.
Broccoli, cabbage & kale-These extremely healthy foods contain a sugar that will hang out in your gut until bacteria ferment it producing bloat and gas until then. The good news is, this is another food that if eaten often actually creates a stronger digestive system, causing less bloat over time. Cooking these foods before eating them also limits bloat; check out my broccoli cauliflower bake here.
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