Even though having and passing gas is a normal process, it can feel super embarrassing if it accidentally happens in a public setting. If you occasionally deal with gas and bloating during the work day or when you’re out enjoying a meal, the thought “Are there foods that reduce gas?” has most likely crossed your mind. After all, wouldn’t it be amazing if we could just eat the right thing and poof, no more gas?!
While there isn’t one food item that magically eliminates bloating and gas, there is Gas-X Maximum Strength, our most powerful gas-fighting medicine yet that goes to work in minutes to relieve gas, pressure, bloating, and discomfort. There are also a bunch of foods out there that are less likely to cause gas, meaning that if you make them a priority during your next work lunch or fancy dinner, your stomach may be much happier!
Foods That Are Less Likely to Cause Bloating and Gas
According to the International Foundation For Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD), foods that may not trigger gas and bloating are:
- Meat, poultry, fish
- Vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, and okra
- Fruits such as cantaloupe, grapes, berries, cherries, avocado, and olives
- Carbohydrates such as gluten-free bread, rice bread, rice
Many foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas, while those foods that contain only fat or protein are less likely to cause discomfort. And even if you stick to the IFFGD’s approved list, you could still experience gas and bloating if you eat too fast or are a big fan of chewing gum after meals.
It’s also important to check the labels on packaged foods. Those of us with a lactose intolerance may be eating more of it than we realize, and certain sugar-free foods that include sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol might be undercover culprits as well, as these sweeteners are made from “indigestible” carbohydrates.
Lastly, because fibrous foods are known to cause gas (even though they’re healthy!), try to skip food items like beans, bran, prunes, and broccoli during those meals where you just don’t want to chance it!