Consuming food does cause abdominal gas. This flatulence is simply one of those nasty little facts of life that we have to deal with.
We are human and being human means that every now and then we are going to produce a little air within us that sooner or later is going to have to be released.
Flatulence occurs and it is something that we shouldn't have to feel ashamed of. Foods that are difficult for the body to digest are very likely to produce gas as a byproduct.
Gas is a fact that we just cannot get around or ignore and especially when we are out in a public place.
Flatulence can Show up at the Most Embarrassing Times
Although a lot of the gases that are emitted during flatulence do not smell, every now and then a fart that is rich in sulfur will make an appearance and the aroma will literally be strong enough to strip paint from walls.
It is an embarrassing fact that most of us at one time or another has had to toot and then run to make a quick and graceful exit away from the scene of the crime.
Sometimes we simply have to cross our fingers that no one figures out who done it.
Wondering What is Causing Your Gas?
The most likely foods to produce gas during the digestive process are sugary or sweet foods, starchy foods, foods rich in fiber, and lactose containing foods such as dairy. Yep I know, that list sounds like practically everything and anything that a person may eat in a day.
So lets acknowledge the fact that most foods do cause some degree of gas. The question is which foods cause the most gas?
In the vegetable category foods which cause the most stomach gas are beans, cabbage, onions, radishes, celery, carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn, potatoes, cauliflower and any member of the legume family. (Hint. Hint. It is interesting to note that a few of these vegetables are also very high in sulfur content ie: cabbage and onions.)
In the fruit category apples, pears, bananas, apricots, peaches, grapes and prunes rank as the foods with the highest likelihood of causing gas.
An intolerance or allergy to the foods that you consume can also be responsible for the production of a tremendous amount of excess abdominal gas and bloating. If you are lactose intolerant then dairy products are high on the list of gas producing foods.
Where a food intolerance is concerned wheat and grain products rank very high on the list of gas causing foods. If you have a sensitivity to grain products, it is generally the gluten, or other proteins in wheat which will cause you to develop a tremendous amount of gas as your body tries to digest them. Rice is actually the only grain that will not cause gas to form while it is being digested.
Carbonated beverages can also be nasty for allowing excess air to fill your tummy and cause abdominal bloating and flatulence. Yep, sounds like just about every food that you eat will cause you to become a gas producing machine.
Five Strange but True Flatulence Trivia Facts
1) You fall within the normal scale if you produce between 1 to 4 pints of gas per day.
2) Most individuals release a little burst of air through the rear quarters approximately 14 to 23 times each and every day.
3) Some people produce methane gas and others do not. If you find your stool floating in the toilet bowl the majority of the time then you are probably one of those environmentally friendly individuals who do not release methane gas into the air when you flatulate.
4) Cows actually burp and toot so frequently that they are responsible for about 15 percent of all the methane gas produced worldwide. This would mean that they are really not very environmentally friendly critters. It's another good reason to cut back on red meat.
5) Rice is the only starch which does not cause gas to form when it is consumed.
U.S. Cows Toot About 5.5 Million Metric Tons of Gas Yearly
Wondering how you can Reduce Abdominal Bloating and Gas?
You cannot totally eliminate the need to pass gas but you can try to control your gassy tendencies somewhat. You can begin by reducing your intake of flatulence producing foods.
As most of these foods are extremely healthy you will likely not be able to eliminate them all without suffering some very drastic health consequences. So consider just a small reduction to a specific food group that you think may be largely responsible for your over abundance of flatulence.
Reduce or eliminate your intake of carbonated beverages, this will also help to reduce your sugar intake, and maybe eliminate a few calories from your diet as well. It may also help to reduce any abdominal bloating and gas that these fizzy soft drinks are causing.
If you think that your flatulence is being caused by a food or lactose intolerance, then discuss your concerns with your doctor, and eliminate the offending foods from your diet plan.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you truly believe that you are producing far to much internal air. There are many over the counter and physician prescribed treatments for reducing excess bloating and gas within the body.
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