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Is My Diet Making Me Gassy?

By    |   Monday, 30 March 2015 01:16 PM

Question: I recently switched to a diet that is heavy on fruits and veggies, because I want to try to lose some weight. But I’ve noticed I’m always gassy. I’m guessing it’s because of my diet? Is there anything I can do about it? (My wife is not happy with these latest developments, to say the least).

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Excess gas is often related to swallowed air, and not always due to diet. Some of us have reflux of gastric contents and may have increased gas especially after heavy meals, and often related to prolonged gastric emptying.

Eat small, and more frequent quantities of food. Avoid carbonated drinks, fatty foods (that delay stomach emptying), and try to eat several hours before going to bed. Diets high in carbohydrates will contribute to gas.

Some foods commonly cause excess gas, and this list includes: beans, onions, dairy products, fruits, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. Hard candy and gum should be avoided and definitely stop smoking, if you do. Try dropping dairy, or even gluten for four weeks.

These simple measures usually work well for most people. If your bowel habits have recently changed, be sure to see your doctor to review whether you should have further bowel evaluation to exclude malignancy, infection, or inflammation.

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