It can make your tummy feel swollen, puffy and it’s generally uncomfortable. It’s the last thing you want after a nice, large dinner.
But making some small changes to your diet could help to get rid of your bloating pain, or even prevent the condition from developing in the first place.
Cutting out broccoli from your diet may help you to avoid feel bloated, it’s been claimed.
Broccoli is a type of cruciferous vegetable that can lead to trapped wind, warned dietitian Stephanie Clairmont.
They contain sulphur, that get’s broken down in the large intestine to make hydrogen sulphide – a type of gas.
The vegetables also contain a carbohydrate that humans can’t properly break down, so it passes through the stomach undigested, she said.
“You may have heard of cruciferous vegetables; they are the ones that produce a sulphur smell during cooking and stink up your whole house … yes, broccoli,” said Clairmont on her website.
“Foods high in sulphur get broken down in the large intestine and produce hydrogen sulphide, which is also known as “the rotten egg smell.
“Not only do high sulphur foods lead to more gas, but also very smelly gas.
“Cruciferous vegetables contain an oligosaccharide [carbohydrate chain composed of three to nine simple sugar molecules] called raffinose.
“Humans do not have the enzyme to break down raffinose, so it passes through the stomach and small intestine undigested.”
Other types of cruciferous vegetables include kale, cabbage, turnips, and Brussels sprouts.
If your Sunday dinner isn’t complete without broccoli, there are some ways to reduce it’s bloating effects, said the dietitian.
Try steaming your vegetables instead of boiling them, or simply cut down on how much you’re eating, she said.
The best way to lower your risk of stomach bloating is to make some changes to your diet.
A low FODMAP diet could reduce the symptoms of trapped wind and IBS.
Avoid eating wheat, onions, garlic, milk, apples, pears and cauliflower, as they contain FODMAPs – compounds that aren’t properly absorbed in some people.
Speak to a doctor if your bloating symptoms don’t go away, said the NHS.
It could be caused by something more serious, including ovarian cancer, it warned.
Published at Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:29:00 +0000