Cartoon illustration of a man eating broccoli

Causes

If you said beans, you’re not too far off. But that’s only part of the equation.There’s much more to gas and bloating than the residual effects of the musical fruit.

Let’s break it down

You have trillions of helpful bacteria living in your intestinal tract. They help you digest food and convert it into energy and waste. But foods high in indigestible fiber and complex carbohydrates - like beans, broccoli, and cauliflower - are difficult to fully break down. The result is buildup that leads to gas and bloating.

Evaluating which foods might be triggering your gas is a big step toward easing your discomfort. And remember: antacids don’t work on gas, so use Gas-X to help alleviate your symptoms.

Excess gas and bloating can also be caused by some medical conditions, such as lactose intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). They can also be a side effect of certain medications.

Common causes of gas and bloating

Broccoli

A high-fiber diet

Eating fibrous foods like beans, cabbage, and cauliflower can produce more gas because of your gut bacteria’s inability to fully digest them. If you’re prone to gas, you may want to take a look at your overall fiber intake.

Chewing Gum

No time for a sit-down meal

Swallowing too much air is the #2 cause of gas and bloating — pun intended. Avoid eating too quickly, chewing gum, smoking, sucking on hard candy, or drinking through straws. Activities that lead to more instances of swallowing air can produce more gas as the air gets caught in your stomach.

Jug of Milk

Food intolerances

Some medical conditions don’t allow your body to properly process certain foods. For example, if someone is lactose intolerant, they can’t process the sugar in milk. This all-too-common condition can result in gas and bloating.

Banana

Eating a lot of sugar & fruit

Complex carbohydrates like sugars, starches, and fatty foods are not easily digestible for many people. Fruits like bananas and apples can also generate a fair amount of gas, as they’re high in sugar. However, it’s important to eat a balanced diet of fruits and veggies, and your body will often adjust to these foods after a period of time.