Gas, often called flatulence, is linked to the foods we eat. For instance, certain foods allow different bacteria to thrive and grow. This impacts your gas composition. Everyone experiences gas; however, if it is a chronic excessive instance, it may be a sign of deeper health issues.
The average person passes gas 14 times a day. Most of the time it goes unnoticed. Certain foods are more likely to cause gas then others, such as certain carbohydrates. These foods fall into the FODMAP category: fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols.
Gas-causing foods are often poorly tolerated carbohydrates that resist breakdown in the upper GI tract and fuel the bad bacteria in your lower gut. Foods rich in lactose, fructose, and sugar are examples of FODMAPS. This article will highlight some common gas-causing foods.
Food #1: Dairy
Lactose intolerance is a very common intolerance that causes gas and intestinal bloating. Lactose intolerance occurs when we don’t possess enough of the lactase enzyme, which is in charge of breaking down the sugar. When we are infants, we possess high amounts of the enzyme. As we age, many of us naturally lose quantities of the enzyme.
When we do not contain the lactase enzyme, lactose travels to the colon in its whole form and ferments. This fermentation causes gas and bloating. Lactose is high in many dairy products such as milk, butter, and heavy cream. Greek yogurt and some cheese have lower amounts of lactose so may be tolerable for some people with a lactose intolerance.