Does your belly frequently feel bloated and painful after eating? This is probably due to the collection of gas within your gastrointestinal system. Often, the type of food you eat has a significant role to play in causing this problem. Here are some foods that can help prevent gas:
- Non-Gassy Fruits and Vegetables: Foods such as asparagus, avocado, cantaloupe, bananas, papaya, and berries are less likely to cause an uncomfortable bloating sensation as compared to beans, cruciferous vegetables such cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower; or fruits such as apples and raisins.
- Whole-Grain Rice: Did you know that rice is the only food grain that does not cause gas? To maximize the nutritional benefit, choose whole-grain varieties such as wild rice or brown rice.
- Yogurt and Nondairy Milks: Approximately 65% of the adult population has an impaired ability to digest lactose present in milk, which can manifest as bloating pain in the abdomen. If you notice problems with excessive gas production after consuming milk, try switching to yogurt or nondairy milks such as soy or almond milk. Because yogurt contains probiotics (healthy bacteria), it is less likely to cause gas.
- Lean Protein: Emphasizing lean proteins in your diet is a good tactic to prevent gassiness as protein on its own does not stimulate gas production. Avoid fatty steaks or fried appetizers and choose leaner alternatives such as broiled/baked fish or skinless chicken.
If you continue to have a severe gas problem that does not seem to be getting better despite changing your diet based on the suggestions mentioned above, it may be an indication you have an underlying gastrointestinal condition such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or celiac disease. Contact your doctor or visit the specialists at Greater Houston Gastroenterology for possible treatment.