Foods and Flatulence: Everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods

Some people have no trouble digesting milk products, while other people suffer excessive gas from it. It’s natural to experience gas.  fOOD that causes gas in your body depends on climate, temperature, food style and body type. To figure out what’s triggering your flatulence, pay attention to the foods you eat, and keep a check on symptoms of excessive gas to your diet.

Why Gas Happens

When you eat, your digestive system works to break down food into energy to power the the body’s many processes and functions. But the gut finds certain foods too difficult to break down into just energy and waste, and gas is the leftover product when those foods sit in your colon. Undigested food that can’t be broken down and digested by the intestines travel to the colon, which is full of bacteria. The bacteria in your colon ferment these undigested particles of food, resulting in gas, burping, and flatulence.

Gas may also be caused by  the small intestine when it doesn’t contain enough of an enzyme called lactase. Lactase help to break down lactose, the sugar that’s in milk and milk products. If lactose can’t be broken down, bacteria again begin to ferment those sugars and cause flatulence.

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Food commonly causing gas in the body:

  • Milk and dairy products
  • Sometimes Starchy foods like potatoes and pasta
  • oat bran
  • Foods sweetened with artificial sweeteners and hard candy
  • Dry Bananas, peaches, apricots, pears, and red apples (in some bodies)
  • Raisins and melons
  • Prunes and prune juice
  • Colas and fruit drinks sweetened with fructose
  • Beans and lentils
  • Onions, green peppers,
  • Cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and peas
  • Corn, celery, artichokes, asparagus, and carrots
  • Not all of these foods may give you excessive gas (the list is based on the patient files and food commonly causing gas in their body), and you may find completely different foods that do.
  • Keep in mind that excessive gas can also be caused by certain medications, health conditions, and swallowing too much air when you chew gum or eat too quickly.
  • Its an observation different states in India react very differently to food that’s because the climate and temperature of the place is different. e.g. Ragi is the staple food in Karnataka. Temperature in Karnataka is in between 18’c to 28’c and Ragi gets beautifully digested in this climate. But when a Kannadiga eats Ragi in Chennai or in Gujarat at a temperature above 35’c – it causes gas in the body as Ragi needs more water to digest. Plus the body generally dehydrates and needs more water in a hotter climate. So with place your lifestyle and food habits have to be modified to avoid flatulence.

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