Stomach bloating is a common condition that affects most people at some point in their lifetime. It can make the stomach feel puffy, swollen, and generally quite uncomfortable, said the NHS. Your bloating pain may be caused by eating certain gassy foods, or by eating too fast or too much. But you could also be raising your chances of bloating pain by regularly eating garlic, its been claimed.
Garlic could trigger bloating in some individuals as they contain fructans, revealed medical website Medical News Today.
Fructans are a type of fibre that can be difficult to properly break down. Even eating just a small amount of garlic could trigger bloating, it warned.
If you often use onions in your cooking, it may be an idea to swap them for leeks or celery, it added.
“Onions contain fructans, which are soluble fibres that may cause bloating,” said the medical website.
“Fructans also occur in garlic, leek, agave, wheat, and a range of other gas-producing foods.
“Even in small quantities, onions and garlic can cause bloating and other digestive issues.
“Some people may have an allergy to garlic or onions, which further increases the likelihood of bloating, belching, and gas after consuming them.
“People can substitute celery, collard greens, leeks, and fennel for onions. Alternatives to garlic can include other spices and herbs, such as chives and basil.”
You could also feel bloated after eating cruciferous vegetables, including spinach and carrots, it added.
Cruciferous vegetables contain some indigestible nutrients that may lead to some bloating symptoms.
But you could lower your risk of developing trapped wind by cooking your cruciferous vegetables before eating them.
Your bloating pain could be caused by constipation, trapped wind , irritable bowel syndrome, or even by swallowing too much air.
You could swallow air by drinking through a straw, or by talking with your mouth full of food.
People are more likely to feel bloated after a big weekend – especially around the festive season.
Speak to a doctor if you’re bloating symptoms don’t go away, said the NHS.
It could be caused by something more serious, including ovarian or bowel cancer.