What Foods Cause Flatulence?

What foods cause flatulence? Beans, Cabbage, Prunes, but what else? Find out here - it's the ones high in indigestible carbohydrates.

Of all the foods you eat, it’s the ones high in indigestible carbohydrates (fibre in plant cell walls) that could be contributing to excess flatulence. Indigestible carbs can’t be broken down and absorbed in the early part of the digestive tract and instead make it all the way through your gut until they reach the colon.

Here, your gut bacteria digest indigestible carbohydrates through a process of fermentation, producing gas and resulting in flatulence after eating.

Particular foods that cause flatulence include:

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Beans, lentils and pulses
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Dairy products
  • Garlic
  • Onions and spring onions
  • Radishes
  • Raisins and prunes
  • Starchy foods, such as potatoes and pasta
  • Swedes
  • Turnips
  • Unrefined cereal fibre, such as oat bran

Some of these foods (e.g. cabbage and onions) can also make your wind smellier, as they contain high levels of sulphur.

Slimming products and sugar-free foods are also notorious for their effect on flatulence. Anything that contains the sweetener sorbitol or the fruit sugar fructose should be avoided if you’re having issues with severe flatulence.

Anyone intolerant to lactose will find that consuming milk or lactose-containing foodstuffs will set off bouts of increased flatulence, amongst other symptoms.





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