Too Many Vegetables? How To Prevent Gas and Digestive Problems Caused By Healthy Eating

by | Sep 30, 2013

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Maybe you’re embarrassed. Maybe you’ve been too polite to ask me. Whatever the reason, know that you’re not alone.

The number of questions I get from people about bloating, gas and other digestive problems is not small, and since it is a sensitive subject I’m sure the questions I get represent just a fraction of those of you with concerns.

It’s not uncommon to experience digestive discomfort when you change your diet. For one thing, any drastic change in eating can be a shock to your system, even if it’s for the better. Also vegetables, legumes and other healthy foods contain a number of nutrients such as oligosaccharides, soluble fiber and natural sugars like fructose that can produce excess gas in the intestine.

Fortunately there are several things that can help prevent the embarrassment and discomfort that can be caused by eating these foods. However it is important to remember that everyone’s digestive environment is unique and different things will work for different people. This means you’ll need to experiment with the following tactics in order to identify what works best for you.

How To Prevent Gas and Digestive Problems

1. Chew thoroughly

When food reaches your intestine that has been only partially digested the bacteria in your gut cause the food to ferment, producing a substantial amount of (smelly) gas. More chewing helps your stomach acids do their job more effectively and can dramatically reduce the bacterial gas that gets formed.

Chewing is even more important when you’re eating vegetables and high-fiber foods, because they are more difficult to breakdown in your mouth and stomach than, say, a slice of Wonder Bread. This means you need to grow accustomed to chewing each bite of food more than you did for processed foods.

2. Take smaller bites

For the same reason it is important to chew, taking smaller bites can help ensure that large chunks of food do not reach your intestine undigested. People who take smaller bites also tend to eat slowly, which helps prevent overeating—another cause of poor digestion.

3. Don’t get too full

Overloading your stomach will eventually overload your gut, which can prevent proper digestion and cause discomfort. Both chewing and taking smaller bites can help with this, but there are many tricks you can use to eat less without noticing if this is a problem for you.

4. Eat balanced meals

On a similar note, you don’t want to overload your gut with one kind of food. If all you’re eating is a giant mound of vegetables for dinner and you’re having trouble digesting it, try balancing out your meal with more protein and fat. These will enable you to feel satisfied with a smaller volume of food (remember point #3), as well as decrease the load of any one nutrient that may be causing problems.

5. Increase vegetable and fiber intake gradually

Going from fast food every day to lots of vegetables can be shocking to your system. The bacterial environment in your gut is accustomed to a certain flow of nutrients, and drastically changing this can cause gas and bloating. Your gut can acclimate to a new diet over time, and the key to avoiding discomfort is to make changes gradually. If you’re really struggling with all that broccoli, cut back a little and see if it helps. Once you’re comfortable you can try adding more if you like.

6. Experiment with probiotics

Most of the gas in your intestine is produced by bacteria, but there are also strains of bacteria that have the opposite effect. Adding probiotic foods to your diet can help populate your gut with helpful bacteria that can ease digestion and reduce gas. There are several strains of probiotic bacteria, and research suggests that different strains work better for different people. Experiment with different kinds, and when you find one that works stick with it to maintain the benefits.

Examples of probiotic foods are yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and miso. Keep in mind that when you cook these foods you will kill some of the active bacteria, so try to eat them raw whenever possible. I did an entire Summer Tomato Live episode on probiotics if you’d like to learn more.

7. Soak your beans

Beans are infamous for producing excess intestinal gas, but proper preparation can mitigate this problem. Instead of buying canned beans, get dry beans and soak them for at least six hours before cooking them. Soaking beans and discarding the soaking water eliminates the majority of the oligosaccharides that cannot be digested, reducing bacterial fermentation and intestinal gas. If you do buy canned beans rinse them thoroughly, since most of the oligosaccharides will be in the canning liquid.

8. Eliminate wheat

Some people have chronic stomach problems that are caused by food intolerance. Wheat sensitivities are the most common, and eliminating wheat and gluten is often the only solution. If you’ve tried everything and are still in pain, it may be worth giving up wheat and gluten for 4-6 weeks to see if it helps. If it works, now you know. If it doesn’t, at least you tried.

9. Eliminate dairy

Like gluten, many people have sensitivities to lactose, the sugar in milk, that can develop over time. Cutting it out for a few weeks is an easy way to tell if it is a problem for you.

10. Avoid fake sugars

Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol can cause digestive problems similar to the oligosaccharides found in beans. If you’ve been relying on artificial sweeteners to cut back on real sugar, this may be a cause of your digestive issues.

11. Reduce fresh and dried fruit intake

Fructose can ferment in the gut, and too much will result in gas and discomfort. If you’ve drastically increased your fruit intake, this may be problematic for your digestion. Cut back until you find the amount you can tolerate.

(Note: I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt and assuming you’ve eliminated most of the high-fructose corn syrup from your diet already).

12. Use medication

Beano is an enzyme formulation that helps with digestion of oligosaccharides that can cause gas. If you simply cannot miss out on your grandpa’s famous chili, popping the occasional Beano at the beginning of your meal should help.

On the other hand, if you still haven’t figured out what you’re sensitive to and find yourself in an unpleasant state, Gas-X is an effective form of relief that can be used on occasion. It takes 20-30 minutes to work. As always, be sure to follow the safety instructions when taking any medication.

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Originally published October 26, 2011.

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62 Responses to “Too Many Vegetables? How To Prevent Gas and Digestive Problems Caused By Healthy Eating”

  1. Tuck says:

    Can a diet really be considered healthy if it causes digestive distress?

    • Darya Pino says:

      Absolutely. In my experience people’s #1 issue is not chewing because they are accustomed to processed food, which doesn’t require it.

    • Eating Poptarts and chips never gave me gas. I don’t think that means they’re healthy.

    • jenna says:

      I don’t agree. If you experience disturbing digestive issues that don’t resolve after introducing higher fiber foods then stop eating them or eat them in small quantities. Your body is telling you it’s not happy with what you are putting in it. I persisted for 2 years with my whole food plant based diet, no refined food or oil or dairy or eggs or animal products. Just beans, whole grains veggies fruit and small amounts of nuts and seeds. My cholesterol went down 50 points, my blood work was great BUT, ongoing chronic flatulence for hours and 5-10 bowel movements and a sore rear end. I wasn’t willing to give up this “health diet easily” but now…hell yes!! In the last 2 weeks I have regained my digestive health and feel like a new person. I forgot what feeling good felt like. No more constantly thinking about food and tummy issues. Now I go 1-2 times a day. No more beans of any kind, no broccoli or cauliflower or cabbage, and very small amount of grains. So it’s eggs, fish, chicken and steamed veggies, and small amount of potatoes. Yes my cholesterol is going back up but I feel so much better. Fiber for some people can be a poison to a sensitive tummy. Listen to your body. Don’t eat what your tummy is not happy with!! Do not fall for the diet flavor of the month. Get educated as best as you can but then find what works with your tummy health. I wasted 2 years of my life because of ideology and what I know feel was the plant based eating disorder fixation.

    • JD says:

      I just farted as I inhaled an orange while I read this
      True story

  2. Great tips, Darya!

    I’d also add that FODMAPS can be an issue for some, and if it is, is usually a sign of deeper digestive issues like leaky gut or SIBO.

  3. Jeff says:

    Darya,

    Thanks for sharing your insights. As someone who suffers from these types of issues I really appreciate it.

    I have a question though: in my case, I’ve found that probiotics (especially in yogurt, for instance) always make me feel measurably worse. Not only in terms of more gas but also the other symptoms that are associated with digestive problems (ie diarrhea).

    Could this be a result of my baterial chemistry changing (and should I try to stick it out for some weeks or months), or is it possible to have a system that is simply too sensitive to probiotic bacteria that isn’t cultivated naturally in the gut?

  4. James says:

    I think time is another thing to take into consideration. When I first changed my diet I farted like crazy. I think it took about two months but my body adjusted to the new foods that I eat and I don’t have many issues with this anymore. Another factor could have been an increase in the amount of “grains” that I eat (pseudo-grains really. I don’t eat actual grains). For a while I was eating almost exclusively vegetables. Millet with soy milk in the morning, salad for lunch, and kale for dinner was pretty standard. I started eating a mix of lentils and quinoa for lunch which satisfies my cravings for bread and may also have helped with the gas issue.

  5. Karim says:

    For the last four to five years, I’ve had issues with pretty severe bloating, severe pain and some gas from just about everything I would eat. Anything from a few crackers or chips to a steak would lead to several uncomfortable hours for me. A few weeks ago, I happened to buy a bag of red delicious apples that were on sale at a local grocery store. I ate my usual lunch then chased it with an apple afterwards. Later in the day, I ate my dinner and again ate an apple right after. I casually noticed to myself that my stomach felt good all day. I continued to eat two apples a day, one early in the day and one later, and I don’t get any bloating, pain or gas whatsoever. I told my doctor this, but he chuckled at me and pretty much dismissed what I told him. Regardless, I found a cure to my issues and it’s been really great. I still don’t know what in the apples is helping me out though. I wonder if other people that have similar symptoms to me try eating two apples would have similar results to me. The moral of the story is, the old adage is true, an apple (or two) a day keeps the doctor away.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Awesome. Apples have a lot of soluble fiber, which may help you. Who knows, but i’m glad you found a solution.

    • Natalie says:

      It might be related to the high malic acid content in apples. My son, 10, is like that, and only apples help him. He says it feels like if he had a blade in his stomach. He figured it out a few years ago, and when that happens, rarely now, he slowly eats an apple and feels better within 20-30 min.

  6. Frank says:

    Thank your for posting this article b/c i just recently has this problem and now this will help me get it under control.

  7. Aaron D says:

    I love the article, but I’m surprised that you recommended Beano and Gas-X.

    The stuff used to make Gas-X is the same stuff used to make silly putty, it’s also filler fluid in breast implants and used in MacDonald’s & Wendy’s food (ref. Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydimethylsiloxane). Not something I would readily put in my body.

    Beano, being enzyme based, is likely much safer. Enzyme-based dietary aids are very effective and very inexpensive. Whole foods or any small health food store would carry a digestive enzyme, and it will likely be a more trusted brand than Beano.

    As usual, loved the post and thanks for all the great info!

  8. Karen P. says:

    Definitely gluten. Definitely sugar. The combo is killer.

    I suffered my entire life with severe gas and bloating. So bad sometimes that it would build up, give me the sweats, and make me nauseated.

    Ever since going grain and sugar free, my gas has been what I can only imagine is “normal”. The only other thing I’ve noticed since that is gas-inducing is cabbage. But it’s nothing like the old days. :) As far as I’m concerned, I’m cured. (Probably saved my marriage too, poor husband.)

  9. Robbie says:

    Nice article. I’ve found the most important thing for me has been to wash beans if buying them from a can. Since they’ve been soaking in the water in the can all that needs doing is to get the water off.

    If I don’t use them all I put some water back in and put them in the fridge for them to soak some more. Solved the problem for me straight away.

  10. Allie says:

    Higher fructose fresh fruits are a huge issue for me. My trick in dealing with this is to always remember to eat fruit after a meal or with other foods. For example, if I eat an apple on an empty stomach, I’m often in pain about a half hour later, but if I eat it as dessert or at least half way through my meal I’m usually fine. Also, l have no problem with low fructose fruits like berries and peaches so I eat those a lot more often.

  11. samLondon says:

    I find adding garlic, pimento and other spices on cruciferous vegetables to aid digestion.

    Luckily I’m not a huge fan of fruits, they also make me bloat and retain water for some reason.

    Also, I used to get into a habit of consuming just lots of leafy veg and broccoli etc..I find it is much less problematic if I have 1 type of vegetables with a more starchy food like potatoes, carrots or wholegrains.

    But even if you do get gas lol, it’s better out than in! :)

  12. SaraB says:

    Fennel Seeds is a safe and very effected herbal remedy for gas while adjusting to higher fibre foods (if you missed following any of these great tips!). I chew a few seeds or make a tea with about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. It works as well as Gas-X (and I was an undiagnosed celiac for 15 years so I know from experience!)

    other spices/herbs that act as anti-flatulents are cumin, caraway, chamomile and coriander.

    To reiterate your point about slowly building up tolerance, I did this with Beans and found if I ate just a tablespoon or two with my meal, I was fine. I slowly increased the amount and I can eat about a cup now with zero issue.

  13. Roga says:

    I have a few thoughts on the apple-story above.
    Before I switched on to a “healthier” diet, I could not tolerate apples for their acid. But now I experience their benefit when I have a puffy tummy. I have long been wondering why. Do you think there is something to do with the fact that a healthy diet is low in acids, and if there is too much veg in it, some extra acid is needed?
    Also, others mentioned slow chewing of an apple above. It might just be chewing, and saline production – and stomach acid production parallel to it – that does the trick. An unpeeled apple eaten by bites is typically something you need a good chewing for, which then contributes to the work of digestive enzymes. Do you think these might be the reasons, Darya? Thanks for the great article, too!

  14. Kelly says:

    I have a suggestion for a natural remedy for gas that has always been very effective for me: thyme. Yep, the herb you put on your roast chicken. Works like a dream, even with the painful, crampy “stick a pin in me, please!” bloatedness. I haven’t found it in capsule form, so I just put about a teaspoon of dried thyme in the palm of my hand, put it in my mouth and drink it down with water. It helps to tilt my head forward a bit, so the thyme floats to the back of my mouth, making it easier to swallow. That usually does it; if I’m still having discomfort after about 15 minutes, I take more. I’ve never had any side effects from doing this, other than sweet relief.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve been considering going mostly vegetarian (with the exception of fish), but meals with loads of vegetables, beans, or whole wheat give me extremely painful gas. And of course being pregnant right now doesn’t help with the gas either! I will take these suggestions and hopefully start with a couple of veggie nights per week.

  16. Christine Caldwdll says:

    I liked your post BUT what can a person eat with severe bloating and gas from many of the foods you list?

    Thanks,
    Chris

  17. Amanda says:

    Thank you for this article! I’m changing my diet to more fresh raw fruits and veggies and did not realize there would be such uncomfortable effects, though the fiber is good for my weight loss. ;)
    I will try to implement this advice and go from there! Much appreciated.

  18. This is such great advice Darya! I am such a vegetable nut that sometimes I begin to feel the effects as well. These tips are ones that I rely on regularly to combat these issues.

  19. Dee says:

    I eat everything – doesnt bother me except ripe bananas… I guess if I had food aversions and digestive issues I would be more discerning and not be eating EVERYTHING IN SIGHT! :(

  20. Another one – avoid foods that have been fortified with fiber. Often they use chicory root extract, which can cause major gas and bloating. I call Fiber One bars “Fart Bars” for a good reason!

    • Darya Rose says:

      LOL “fart bars”. Amazing.

    • Kristy Breen says:

      Oh my goodness! That is so true about fiber one bars. I love the way they taste, but they kill me, plus it’s not very pleasant afterwards.

      No Fiber One bars for me anymore. I make my own meal bars now. I usually add ground flax seed to everything I make. I don’t have a problem with it and it keeps me very regular. I put it in everything from deserts to meals. My kids never know it’s there.

      Make sure you drink lots of water.

  21. Jane Peters says:

    But is gas unhealthy? I mean I like the foods I’m eating. I don’t want to change just because of a little gas.

  22. crol says:

    Just my pennie’s worth: a spoonful of mustard in the beans while they are cooking reduces gas to a manageable level . It could also be why the french make vinaigrette with dijon mustard, not the sweet soft kind but the one that makes your nose sting…try it anybody, and give some feedback

  23. Jessica Pizzo says:

    Im following the Blood type diet, and Im O-.. and i have always had trouble with the probiotics in yogurt.. well, come to find out.. since Im O blood type.. I shouldnt be having ANY DAIRY!! It is too harsh on my digestive area. So my advice would be to check out your blood type diet!
    Good luck!

  24. Laura says:

    I just recently changed my diet, very abruptly. I am eating fruits and vegetables and meats only, very little grains (except rice). It has been about a month, but recently I am having a lot of digestive trouble. I have had a lot of ongoing health issues over the years, which were likely due to food sensitivities. I cut out dairy products two months ago and experienced a lot of relief from my symptoms. I also cut out wheat a couple weeks ago. However, none of my symptoms over the years included digestive trouble. This is recent. I am very thin, but lately I have been getting so bloated, that people believe me to be pregnant. I dont experience any pain or discomfort, however i have had a lot of gas…and I dont want to gross anyone out, but for the first time as long as i can remember, my stool has a very foul smell. My digestion has been very sluggish as well…Even though I eat more, and more often, I go to the bathroom half as often. My skin is dry, though my water intake has not gone down. Furthermore, I seem to be having candida symptoms, (including chronically stuffy nose and sore throat)even though I am eating healthier. This is different than the symptoms i typically get with a cold. It does not respond much to my usual cold treatments. Rather, my sore throat is helped by eating yogurt. Also, my sugar cravings are stronger than ever. A lot of the things I have incorporated into my diet actually are supposed to HELP with candida. Garlic, onions, coconut oil, for instance. My vegetable intake has gone up, but not fruit. Overall, I feel better than I did. But these symptoms are troublesome. So what am I doing wrong? And what can I do to speed up my sluggish digestion?

    • Darya Rose says:

      Wow, that’s a lot! My guess is your intestinal flora haven’t caught up with your new diet. Probiotic supplements might help you equilibrate. Also, follow the advice in this article. Chewing very thoroughly clears up digestive issues for most people.

      Also, the stuffy nose symptoms you’re describing sound more like allergies. At this time of year, the dust from your heating at home may be an issue. The filters are supposed to be replaced every year, but most people don’t realize this. I got allergy/dust related sinus infections repeatedly until I discovered that I could get rid of them for a $3 air filter. Check the main heating vents in your home. Good luck!

      • Laura says:

        The food I make now is so much more delicious than what I used to eat. It is so hard not to eat quickly! But I am going to make an effort towards chewing more. I was also planning on eating plain coconut yogurt every day, to see if that helps…

        I do tend to get sinus and throat symptoms that I attribute to allergies, but as we dont have forced air heat, it is hard to pinpoint the culprit.

        The only thing that made me consider candida this time, is because my throat irritation feels similar to an oral thrush infection I had last year, and because the yogurt seems to help it(which is how I got rid of the thrush)

        Anyway, wow, what a quick reply! Thanks :-)

  25. belgeig says:

    Thanks everyone for your posts. It’s a sensitive issue. We’ve been eating a ton of green vegetables ever since my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes several years ago.
    Since the addition of vegetables (and to a lesser extent, fruits) was the only major change in my diet, and I was not taking supplements or vitamins, I have to attribute the increase (yes, for real!) in my bone density to the new vegetable regimen.

    I will try the slow chewing tip. Thanks again. Good luck to each of you.

  26. Jazmin says:

    Interesting article. Some fibre foods create more bloat than others. Stale (like supermarket apples)fruits and nuts are the main culprits. My theory is that the sugars have mostly been fermented by the time they get to your lunch box. Fermented sugar(also called sugar alcohols)are the gas monsters!Beware!.

    I stay away from dairy because I find I either get the sniffles, or pimples a day or two after consuming dairy. Dairy is very acidic. I usually have to realign my PH balance by taking grapefruit (or a bit of apple cider vinegar in my drinking water). Yes, I know both solutions are also acidic but their effect is to make your body more alkaline(i.e. healthier).

    For the bloating, my solution is extremely simple! GINGER I either chew on a piece of fresh ginger after eating beans etc, or I grate the ginger, boil it , strain and use the liquid for a nice calming tea. You can also cook your bean stews with ginger, by the way.

    Oh and for the person with the horrible sugar cravings, munch nuts!

  27. karla says:

    Beano makes me feel weird, like something is trap, but it is not gas. I get so bloated that I look like I’m four months pregnant! I will try eating more yogurt. Any other advise besides consulting a doctor?

  28. Alfred says:

    You all have interesting eating proposals and I will keep them in mind. I am scientist (chemist-nutritionist) and after my Master of Science degree in nutrition I quite this science and I focused on (analytical) chemistry. The reason is that is no real prediction can be made, everybody reacts differently. There are certain eating behaviors which are good for all, but the most of them are tailored individually. The problem with the gas is a very sensitive and embarrassing topic. I know what I am talking about, I had column cancer about 3 years ago with all the necessary radio and chemo treatments. The treatments killed all my bacteria in my intestine. In a normal case the bacteria renew from its-self. I thought that’s also my case. But always after whatever meal, the gas (sometimes together with stool) came up and shortened up my lunch break abruptly, and I had to hide in the next toilet. My other problems now are that every month, once or twice (since one year), my stomach blocks, nothing is going through and everything is vomited out again, this during 1 and till 4 days. My doctor said it’s a gastro virus !?! I am sure that it is something else. I tested my blood/urine and I saw that I became gluten allergic. Ok, I thought I found the devil… but even I stopped the gluten sources, I had again the same phenomena (vomiting). As I could find through a specialist who will analyze my blood/urine results in depth, she told me that when the bacteria are killed through whatever influence, the recovery is very difficult. The bacteria is rebuilding, but in many cases the “bad” bacteria is dominating. As I could see with me. The flow and consistence of my stool is going better (due to the healing), but the gas is still present and bothering me. I have to say I can eat the same thing, one day I have gas , and the other day, nothing at all. I believe, as I said, that every individual is different and … every momentarly shape (means inside factors, such as Ph, immune systems, well-be feeling etc.) is different for every individual. The only link to my recovery I see with the help of this specialist who tells me exactly what to eat, which mineral/vitamin or other supplement could heal me. The results I should get next week.

    • jenna says:

      Hi Alfred,
      Just some thoughts you might further research.
      1) One is CVD( cyclic vomiting disorder).
      2) Mastic gum and DGL(deglycyrrhizinated licorice toot extract) on PUB MED..
      3) Probiotics
      4)Fodmap
      5)Forks Over Knives

      Just to name a few that might be enlightening in some way.

      • Alfred says:

        Thank you very, very much for your response. I did not think of the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS), not CVD=Cardiovascular diseases. Are you medical doctor? You seem to understand a lot about that. What is disappointing, when looking in the Internet “CVS has no known cause”. Of course my history of illness (colon cancer) is in my opinion THE cause. But to know how to behave (in eating and drinking habits) is now my next step. Something else gave me some thoughts…, as I am always writing my health history down since 3 years; most of the time when I had these attacks was after a w-end. The w-ends I am drinking alcohol, during the week not. Ok, I stopped the beer (because of the gluten). But it is not just the alcohol (I do not exaggerate on this), it’s unpredictable, usually after heavy dinner or last time after just one orange + salads (over acidification? I do not know!!). I am doing sport, I am not the guy with a beer behind the TV, actually I am living healthy.

        Anyway , Monday I will go to the specialist which treats cases like this, mainly over the correct nutrition. Something what you said “Forks over Knives (by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods)”, I admit as a chemist I did not think about it. But you are right I should think larger than just in molecules. As I am working 40 years in the biggest Food company, I know what processed food is. The effective consequences are not yet scientifically proven (example : as for trans fatty acids in palm oils, and other things).

        I like to keep you informed about my pathway. Thank you again for your very valuable comments ! Al

    • Charlie says:

      I have heard of many people losing their flora balance through things less severe than stomach cancer, such as antibiotic treatment after getting a tooth pulled, then suffering months of terrible illness because of the destroyed flora. It occurred to me (and I am sure to others) that having ones flora stored for later re-transplant could be very useful.

  29. Charlie says:

    Not much mention of the benefits of exercise: it definitely helps to straighten out the gastric kinks. Caveat: no snacking during exercise unless you are burning more than a days worth of normal calories (1800+ calories).

  30. Alfred says:

    Hi Jenna,
    According to the medical analyses I have a chronicle inflammation in the intestine (sedimentation speed= much too high, Candia LgG = 70% higher than limit, AA/EPA report = 70% over the limit, Homocysteine = 30% higher than limit, Omega-3 = low), just to name some values. In addition, I have not enough Zinc+Selenium+B12. The treatment will be a changing of the diet (no sugar, beer, trans fat sources), increase Omega-3 sources, and reestablishing the intestine with evening primrose oil and vitamins. I still stopped the gluten-foods, though my doctor told me that I am not allergic against gluten.
    Thank you again for your remarks, Al

  31. CH says:

    I’ve taken to eating about 10 or 15 beano tablets a day and for the first time since I can remember I fart no more than 2 or 3 times a day even after a burrito. Now I am worried if my lower gut bacteria are being starved of “leftovers” from the upper gut, could that cause an unwanted unbalance?

    • Darya Rose says:

      That’s a helluva lota beano. I personally wouldn’t be comfortable with that. Have you tried chewing more? Works wonders for my readers.

      • CH says:

        In response to your advice i have cut down on beano and am chewing more; but what about soups and smoothies? – they are difficult to chew.

  32. Me says:

    Two fruits contain enzymes that greatly help digestion. Papaya and pineapple. I always have one or the other with lunch and my chronic bloating is gone. Note that papaya enzyme tablets, sold at health food stores, can have serious side effects including paralysis-they gave me a tremendous backache, so stick with the real thing.

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