15 Foods That Cause Bloating And What You Can Do About It

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7. Carbonated Drinks

As you might already know, carbonated drinks are made from carbon dioxide, which is a gas. So it should be no surprise that gas filled beverages fill you with….gas. Although most people simply burp up this gas, for others, it gets trapped in the digestive system, causing some really painful bloating and even cramps as the body tries to remove it.  If you have bloating after drinking carbonated beverages, stick to water, tea, or fruit flavored waters.


8. Garlic

Garlic is an incredibly popular herb for both its taste as well as for its medicinal properties, However, this herb contains fructans, which are FODMAPS, and, for some people, cause bloating.  Other people find that they have a sensitivity or intolerance to garlic which causes gas, bloating, and frequent belching. Cooking garlic reduces most symptoms but if you find that you simply cannot consume garlic without becoming bloated, try other herbs and spices instead such as basil, chives, parsley, or lemon pepper.


9. Wheat

This simple grain has become a highly controversial issue in the past few years but despite the controversy, wheat is still consumed all over the world. Wheat is found in most baked goods, breads, pastas, and tortillas. For those with a sensitivity to gluten or those who suffer from celiac disease, wheat can cause severe stomach pain, cramps, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Even for those who don’t have any known intolerance, wheat is still a source of FODMAPS, which can cause bloating and gas. If wheat gives you symptoms like these, use many of the gluten free alternatives that are now available including almond flour, coconut flour, or buckwheat.

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