Do you have problems with intestinal gas? You can’t really discuss such a topic in polite society. It may even be too embarrassing to ask your doctor about gas, with its attendant noise and odor. What should you know about flatulence?
What Do You Know About Flatulence and Food?
Q. I used to have a terrible problem with flatulence. It didn’t seem to matter what I ate.
When I found out I’m gluten intolerant, I cut bread and anything else made of flour out of my diet. All my gassiness went away!
My doctor wanted to prescribe Prevacid, but I followed a food allergy elimination diet instead. After two weeks, I gradually started adding things like eggs and milk back into my diet. Wheat was causing all my problems.
Keeping a Food and Fart Diary:
A. Your experience is not unique. A recent study of French women found that those who ate bread, sandwiches and pastries frequently were more troubled with gas (Holmes et al, Nutrition, March 2017). This connection might be something everyone should know about flatulence.
Other Foods Can Also Lead to Gas:
Other foods can also contribute to excessive gas. Beans, broccoli, onions and cabbage pose problems for many people.
The best way to identify the culprits is to keep a food diary. Your elimination diet strategy requires patience, but it makes a great deal of sense. For those who would like to read more about how to manage a food diary and what foods may cause gas, we offer our Guide to Digestive Disorders.