Many gastrointestinal conditions can be aggravated by foods that cause gas. Everyone reacts to foods differently, so keep track of the foods you eat and your symptoms. Share this information with your doctor.
Foods that commonly cause gas include:
Certain vegetables, such as:
AsparagusBroccoliBrussels sproutsCabbageCauliflowerCornCucumbersKohlrabiLeeksOnionsPeasPeppersPotatoesRadishesSauerkrautTurnipSodaBeerSugars: raffinose, lactose, fructose, and sorbitol (found in many fruits, vegetables, and dairy products)Sugar substitutes, and sugar-free candies and gumsBeans and other legumes: baked beans, garbanzo (chickpeas), kidney, lentil, lima, navy, pintoWheat and wheat branWhole grainsPasta
Certain fruits, such as:
ApricotsCantaloupe and other melonsPeachesPearsPrunesRaw applesMilk and other dairy products, including highly fermented cheeseUndigestable fats such as Olestra (found in some potato chips)
Gas is also caused by swallowing excess air, which can be caused by rapid eating, chewing with your mouth open, gum chewing, drinking through a straw, and smoking.
Some medicines, particularly cholesterol-lowering medicines, are associated with increased gas production.
Cutting gas-producing foods from your diet may decrease gas, but could also mean fewer healthy foods in your diet. There are also prescription and over-the-counter medicines that can help. Talk to your doctor about the best way to treat gas.
Last reviewed June 2012 by Brian P. Randall, MD
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