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Contributors to Gas and Bloating

Updated on July 2, 2013

Sure there are tons of things that are much worse than being gassy on a Friday night when you’re ready to go out with the friendzos for some fun and dancing. But at that moment when you feel all miserable and bloaty, there is nothing worse. Sometimes in order to help yourself out, you need to simply watch what you eat way before the weekend even gets started. Curious as to what foods can cause you a bit of bloating trouble? Here’s a list of some foods to steer clear of:


Beans (baked or dried)




Brussel Sprouts






Green Peppers















Gas Contributors in Drinks & Food Products

Avoid food that are high in these items:


Carbon Dioxide




Ingredients in Artificial Sweeteners

These are mostly items found in sugar-free goods:









Lactose tolerant? If you do find your body has begun to reject milk products here are some substitutes for those that are lactose Intolerant:

Coconut Milk

Lactose-Free Milk

Almond Milk

Rice Milk

Soy Milk

Goat’s Milk

4 Main Ways Your Body Can Cause Bloating & Gassiness:

  • Inefficient Protein Digestion –If protein doesn’t properly break down it can just sit in the stomach letting off excess gases until it’s broken down.
  • Sugars Can’t Breakdown- The body is unable to breakdown certain sugars. Those that aren’t broken down hang out in the stomach letting off gases.
  • Good vs Bad Bacteria- If the bad bacteria outweighs the good, they begin to multiply and create an off-balance inside the stomach bloating up your stomach and causing tons of gas.
  • Gall Bladder Issues- If your gall bladder isn't on its A-game it can’t regulate bile as it should, causing bloating to wreak havoc on your gut.

Oddly enough, during the research for edibles that cause bloating and gas, a bunch of the same things that were found to also aid in preventing gas. What you have to remind yourself of is that everybody’s body is different and has different responses. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. Unfortunately you may have to go through some trial and error before you can find what won't give you some serious bloat.

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    • NiaG profile image

      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I know! When I first set out to do these hubs I thought, "Hmm I'm gonna find the foods that eliminate bloating. That'll be better than always trying to take beano or gas x." Then I thought let me do a hub on things that cause gas and zoinks! they're almost the same lists. I would think raw foods and veggies are a good solution. But everybody's body is different so I figure just try something, if it gives you gas don't eat it anymore. Ha! Thanks for stopping by guys! :-)

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      Insane Mundane 4 years ago from Earth

      My gawd! Going by this Hub, people need to just eat fast food and lard. Perhaps if people ate more raw foods like fresh vegetables, for example, along with a semi-healthy diet mixed in with some of those "other foods," etc., then their digestive enzymes and a proper balance of intestinal bacteria would regulate such things! No, it is not normal to eat fruits and vegetables and get bloated, so there is no need to blame the natural foods.

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      Randy McLaughlin 4 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      Informative article NiaG. I thought I might add a couple of things. 1. If you eat beans regularly, you have less problems because your digestive system microbiota adapts. 2. Some types of beans cause fewer problems, like black beans.

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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Really?! Did not know that at all. I'm not much of a bean cooker. Guess that's why. Has somebody done a hub on that? lol Thanks for the info lenamaewrites!

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      Lena M. Christine 4 years ago from Winchester, KY

      Soaking beans in general will remove most of the gassy effects. 24 hours is usually sufficient enough.

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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Really? Huh...I love broccoli and as I've gotten older I see the affects it can have. I try to stick to green beans. Thanks for the tidbit of info! You have a great day Alecia!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I like a lot of the veggies that contribute to gas but I've learned how to temper it to not feel so bloated. I heard if you soak beans in baking soda that it help remove some of their gassy effects.