How to reduce stomach bloating: Cut THIS food from your diet

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STOMACH BLOATING: Cutting this one food from your diet will prevent abdominal pain
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There are many causes of stomach bloating, which include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance and more importantly diet. 

Medical conditions like Crohn’s disease or bowel obstruction can also cause the problem to occur. 

The most common foods behind trapped wind include foods high in fat and acidic drinks such as beer or fizz. 

But a more surprising cause to stomach bloating is wholegrain bread. 

Although whole grains contain many health benefits, they have a high number of fibre. 

Fibre can cause gas, bloating and constipation if too much is eaten in a short space of time. 

But other foods like fruits and smoothies – which contain fibre – won’t cause stomach bloating. 

This is because if your fruit consumption is spread out during the day, it won’t effect your tummy. 

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IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: It can be caused by a number of things, like IBS
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“Irregular eating can cause a build-up of gas”


Kristen Crothers

According to Kristen Crothers at the British Dietetic Association, the “huge dose of fibre all at once” can make it difficult for the body to digest. 

However, this doesn’t mean fibre must be eliminated from your diet, it is important to get the right balance. 

Nutritionists recommend slowly increasing your intake gradually in order to enable the body to adjust.

Drinking plenty of water is crucial while eating high-fibre foods as the liquids help to move it around the digestive system to prevent bloating and constipation. 

Kristen said: “Irregular eating can cause a build-up of gas, which means your stomach will end up bloated.

“It puts a lot of pressure on the digestive system and produces a lot of gas.” 

Here are five foods you should cut out if you want a flat tummy: 

1. Beans

Beans are a type of legume and contain high amounts of protein. They are also rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. 

However, beans are one of the worst foods when it comes to bloating as they contain sugars called alpha-galactosides. 

2. Cruciferous Vegetables 

Broccoli, cauliflower and kale are all cruciferous vegetables which are rich in folate, vitamin C and fibre. 

But these veggies contain raffinose, a type of carbohydrate our bodies find hard to break down. 

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PREVENT: Beans are one of the worst foods when it comes to bloating
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3. Carbonated Drinks 

We all know fizzy drinks aren’t good for the body as they tend to be loaded with sugar and sweetness.

But they’re also a very common cause of coating, due to the high amounts of carbon dioxide. 

4. Onions 

Even though onions are a good party of a healthy and balanced diet, they can contain fructans, a soluble fibre that can cause stomach bloating.

Eating raw onions are bad for people who are sensitive to bloating, so the best way to avoid the problem is to cook them first.

5. Dairy Products

At least 75% of the world’s population can’t break down lactose, the sugar found in milk. 

This means if you’re lactose intolerant it can cause major digestive problems, such as bloating, cramping and diarrhoea. 

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