Feeling Bloated And Don’t Know Why? It Could Be These…
You’ve just eaten a meal and now are sitting, feeling like your pants button may just pop off any minute.
Or, perhaps it isn’t an after-meal situation.
You walk around most of the day with a slightly distended stomach – so much so you wonder if maybe it isn’t just weight gain.
But yet, when you wake up first thing in the morning, you do have that flat tummy you’ve worked so hard for.
Bloating. It happens to those with the best of intentions and can transform an otherwise fit-looking figure into one that looks like it’s gained a few kilos.
Little do some people know that their diet could be behind all of this.
Let’s look at four healthy foods that can cause a bloated stomach so that you can see if any of these may be contributing to your bloated feeling.
The first offender is cauliflower – in fact, all cruciferous vegetables. While these are all loaded with nutrients, they can lead to major bloating.
If you are going to eat them, do so in moderation. Limit yourself to just one to two servings per day and then focus on eating other sources of vegetables instead beyond that.
Other cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and collard greens.
Beans are another problem food that you should be watching your intake with.
Again, they are very healthy foods as they are rich in fibre, high in complex carbohydrates, and also provide some protein to the body as well.
The drawback is the fact that they contain Oligosaccharides, which is a form of sugar that needs to be broken down in the digestive track and causes serious bloating for many people.
If you notice you get this way after eating beans, you may want to give them a break – or only eat ¼ cup or so per serving.
Dairy products are another big food to watch in your diet plan if you seem to always be suffering from bloating.
Many people are lactose intolerant and if that’s the case for you, this means your body can’t break down dairy properly, leading to bloating and other issues.
Some dairy may be okay – hard cheese or cottage cheese for instance as there is less sugar in these foods, however milk and yogurt and especially ice cream will likely be a no-go for you.
Of course if you simply can’t do without your dairy products, you can consider supplementing with lactase, a digestive enzyme that will then help you break down the dairy easier.
Artificially Sweetened Foods
Finally, the last offender you’ll want to keep in mind are artificially sweetened foods.
You might think they are diet friendly since they no longer contain the sugar that was problematic before, however if they contain sorbitol, this is likely what’s causing your bloat.
Sorbitol cannot be digested by the body, so it will cause digestive upset in many people who consume it.
While you might be fine with a smaller dose here and there, if you are eating multiple ‘diet’ products daily containing this sweetener, consider cutting them out and watch if that makes a difference.
So keep these four problematic foods in mind if you are tired of dealing with bloating issues.
It’s best to cut one of these foods out at a time, see how it goes, and then if it’s not the issue, move onto the next.
This way you can pinpoint exactly what’s doing it (assuming you eat more than one of these) and don’t cut out foods you otherwise wouldn’t have to.