Foods that Make you Feel Bloated
When you eat, it’s because you’re feeling hungry – or at least that’s what most people do. Once you’ve eaten, you want to feel satisfied, without feeling bloated. Your clothes feel tight, your stomach seems to grow in a matter of minutes, and you feel lethargic, as if everything is just too much trouble.
The meal you’ve just eaten hasn’t boosted your energy, it’s sapped it. In addition, you may be making embarrassing sounds from either or both ends. While eating too much at mealtimes can leave you with that bloated feeling, there are certain foods that can also be responsible.
Deep fried foods, and foods high in fat such as processed meats and pies, take longer to digest than either proteins or carbohydrates. Therefore the food remains in the stomach for longer, which causes that feeling of bloatedness and the ‘at least 6 months pregnant’ look. Too much fat is bad news for your skin and your figure, so limit the amount of fatty foods you eat to reduce bloating.
Some fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are major components of a healthy diet – everyone knows that. However, some vegetables can add to that bloated feeling. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, apricots and prunes are the usual subjects. Their special combination of sugars and starches is responsible for that bloating sensation. While you don’t need to avoid these foods completely, it may be wise to ensure that you don’t eat more than one of these bloat-inducers at any meal.
While salty foods may not have as many bloating effects as other foods, they do cause the body to retain fluid, which contributes to bloating. Avoid foods with high salt content such as nuts, crisps, processed foods and fast foods. In addition, don’t add extra salt at the table, and get into the habit of checking labels for salt content. More than 75% of salt intake comes from processed foods. Aim to consume no more than 1 teaspoon of salt each day.
Chewing gum and boiled sweets
This is a surprising one, but the fact is, when you chew a lot or suck a lot, you swallow more than you do with normal eating. This means you’re taking in more air, which can contribute to that bloated feeling. If you’re an habitual gum chewer or sweet sucker, you need to bear this in mind.
Many people are lactose intolerant without even realizing it. These people are short on the enzyme lactase, which is needed by the body to break down milk sugar from dairy products. If you’ve avoided the usual suspects and still suffer from bloating, it could be down to lactose intolerance. Try eliminating dairy products for a few days and see if that cures the problem. These days, it’s possible to buy lactose reduced dairy products, so you don’t need to deprive yourself of dairy completely.
While these foods are know causes of bloating, everyone is individual, and something that causes bloating in some people may not affect others. If you suffer from long term bloating, consult your doctor, in order to rule out any underlying medical causes such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other digestive disorders.