We all know the feeling. You eat something like soda, beer, or pizza and you get that large balloon belly feeling?! We usually associate that feeling with foods that are fizzy or all things dairy, but there are some surprising foods that actually make you bloated. And they could totally sneak past your bloat-detection and give you that bowling-ball belly throughout the day.
1. Gum and Hard Candies
You might not want to stop by your nearby candy shop! Next time you pop in a sweet treat you need to keep track of your levels of bloaty-ness. Sometimes, when you chew or suck on a piece of candy you end up swallowing lots of air. This can lead to a bloated belly.
2. Salty Treats
"Eating high-sodium foods can trigger water retention, which can balloon you up," Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, told Charlene K. Petitjean on Health(http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20802995,00.html#worst-salty-foods-0). "When and if you do succumb to salt, drink a lot of water to help flush it out."
Eggs are almost everyone's go-to breakfast food. But if you eat an egg or omelette and start feeling bloated after, you can safely blame it on your breakfast. "Although you may not have a full blown allergy to a particular food, you may have a food sensitivity," says Sarrah Hallock, Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach from GoodLooks.
4. Veggies With Seeds
Those cucumbers, eggplants, or zucini might seem totally fine, but it's the seed that will get you bloated. "While research on this has been varied, people with stomach issues have previously been told to avoid foods with seeds, with the thinking being that these food particles could block or irritate the diverticula, or small pouches that form in the colon wall," said wellness expert Lauren Imparato on MindBodyGreen.com.
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it might not prevent you from feeling bloated. In reality, apples are high in fiber. What does that mean for you? You might pass on the apple consumption if you want to control that gas.
6. Kale And Other Leafy Greens
Just when you think you are being good with your kale salad, it might not be the best decision. "Kale, broccoli, and cabbage are cruciferous vegetables, which contain raffinose — a sugar that remains undigested until bacteria in your gut ferment it, which produces gas and, in turn, makes you bloat," Petitjean said.
7. Foods Made From Soy
If your tummy feels bad after an afternoon sushi or tofu date, you can probably blame it on the soy. "Many people also have a slight soy allergy without realizing it," Imparato said. "Notice if you bloat after eating tofu, soy milk, or other soy products and then remove them from your diet." Yup, that includes soy sauce (sigh).
Everyone loves this summer favorite! It's water! It's melon! And it's just the best. According to the high levels of fructose, though, it may cause problems in the gut. Just take it one slice at a time.
Peanuts are the awkward middle child of the food world. Loads of people are allergic to them, and now, it turns out even the people that can eat them might actually get bloated from them. Sorry, peanuts, no one likes you.
10. Burger Toppings
Even veggie burgers need those yummy toppings. Especially at a gourmet burger bar, you're tempted to pile that burger with leeks, shallots, and onions. But you might want to pass on the smelly veggies, as onions can increase water content in the intestine. That's something worth crying over.
11. Raw Foods
"Raw foods are jam-packed with nutrients ... but they are also incredibly hard for your digestive system to break down," Imparato said. "Raw foods often travel through your intestines only half processed, especially if you ate while rushed or stressed, aggravating your intestines further." So just when you think you are being healthy, you are actually giving yourself bloats for the day. Well, you tried.
So there you go! Steer clear of these sneaky bloaters and you will have a flat tummy that even Britney would be jealous of!
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