Dealing with bloating and gas is a bummer to begin with, but dealing with it after eating ice cream can put a real damper on BBQs, birthday parties, even just a night of binge-watching your favorite show with a pint on the couch.
The reason you may experience gas and bloating after eating ice cream is likely because of lactose, the natural sugar found in milk and milk-based products. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some people carry low levels of lactase, an enzyme that’s found in the small intestine that helps digest lactose. When that lactose isn’t properly broken down, it builds up in the digestive tract and leads to that uncomfortable bloating and its unpleasant sidekick that comes with it — gas.
A life without sweet treats can be pretty bleak, but luckily there’s a few ways you can still enjoy a scoop or two this Summer.
Ways to Enjoy Ice Cream Sans Bloating and Gas
Try a dairy-free option
Try ice cream that’s made with almond milk, soy milk, or any other nondairy alternative. You’re likely to find the taste and consistency is so comparable, you won’t even miss the real dairy!
Some people can enjoy dairy products like ice cream as long as they stick to smaller amounts of it. Have a single scoop, or better yet, ask for a kiddie size, which may allow you to enjoy the real deal without bloating or gas. If even a smaller size causes discomfort, make sure to pop a Gas-X Extra Strength Chewable Tablet to relieve your systems fast. (As an added bonus, Gas-X chewables come in both Peppermint Creme and Cherry Creme flavors, which means you’ll actually enjoy taking the #1 doctor recommended ingredient for fast gas relief among OTC brands.)
Opt for shaved ice
Craving something sweet? Give that old boardwalk favorite, shaved ice, a try! If you’re picking some up at the grocery store, check the label and steer clear of products with large amounts of fructose and sorbitol in them, as these can also cause gas and bloating.
Make “nice” cream
If you love the consistency of ice cream, this DIY version provides it, without adding any dairy or dairy substitutions. Toss a few frozen bananas into a blender for a rich, creamy cup that’s completely natural.
Get creative with popsicles
Popsicles aren’t just for kids anymore! Take a look in the frozen section at your grocery store and you’ll see everything from organic popsicles made from natural ingredients to so-called “detox” pops!