Take a bite once in a while doesn’t cause too many problems. At least vis-à-vis his own health: that of others is something else. However, digestion sometimes plays tricks. Some people recurrently have certain intestinal problems related to the generation of unwanted gases during the process of assimilation of nutrients. Of course, some foods are more involved than others in this gas formation, being those of plant origin such as legumes, crucifers or cereals that are mainly linked to these gas problems.
Its specific terminology is meteorism, but that has nothing to do with the extinction of the dinosaurs. It is defined as meteorism that annoying condition by which the generation of gas in the digestive system generates disorders and discomforts such as abdominal swelling and distension. The resulting problems can be quite serious. On the one hand, we find unpleasant olfactory consequences in these anal exhalations which literally smell of the funeral home. In other words: smelly farts. However, there are also people who are unable to pass gas or fart, bringing with them many other related health issues that are not worth discrediting.
Having gas has traditionally been seen as something shameful, being massively stigmatized. It’s hard to talk about farts, paradoxically, when they are as natural as life itself. It’s completely normal to peer or “expel gas from the belly through the anus,” as the RAE states. In this sense, as exciting as it may seem, we must be clear that the abundant presence of gas can become a real odyssey for some people and something really painful. Let’s remember: not everyone has such an easy time expelling them.
Also, the excessive presence of gas can be an indication of other serious health problems and certain illnesses. For this reason, the advice you will find here is dedicated to the general population. If you have bothersome symptoms that go beyond the normal flatulence, the best option will always be to go to a specialized health professional who can adequately assess your individual condition. Once this is clear, let’s move on to unraveling the mysteries of the main foods involved in the generation of digestive gases.
A classic soft drink: legumes
legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans They occupy the podium among the foods most involved in the appearance of gas, farts or flatulence. The explanation lies in the presence of compounds such as oligosaccharides, dietary fibers, but also lectins. Lectins are a type of antinutrient whose presence is linked to the generation of gas. They are called antinutrients because they can inhibit the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins or minerals in the body.
To minimize its presence, there are several classic culinary tricks, the previous soak being one of the most effective for control lectin content of legumes. Cooking itself also destroys lectins, so well-cooked legumes are often associated with less gas. Even so, by its very nature, it’s virtually impossible that eating legumes won’t give us gas. In fact, this food group should be controlled in people who have specific health issues related to poor digestion.
More vegetables that fart: crucifers
Anyone who has eaten a good plate of broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cauliflower knows that their consumption is closely linked to the generation of intestinal gas. For these foods, we can reproduce the previous advice. In fgeneral, good food It greatly facilitates the digestion of these foods. For this reason, it is wise to prefer them in their cooked version rather than raw if we have a certain propensity to form flatulence.
The reason these foods generate more gas than necessary is because of the presence of certain hard-to-digest polysaccharides, such as raffinose and stachyose. These compounds reach the last parts of the intestine without being properly digested and become food for our gut microbiota. There, the microorganisms that are part of our body consume these components and generate more gas than necessary.
Lactose and gluten, case of special gases
Finally, there are two compounds of a different nature, but which share a negative quality: being involved in many cases of intestinal discomfort. In both cases, we are talking about compounds that are not problematic for everyone’s health, but which make some sensitive people feel bad. Therefore, there is currently no reason to advise against the consumption of foods containing gluten or lactose to the entire population as a whole.
However, there are some sensitive people who digest lactose poorly and feel bad about gluten. The reasons are different, since lactose is a sugar, especially natural milk sugar. Lactose is digested by an enzyme, lactase, whose presence in our body decreases with age. For this reason, it is relatively common for older people to generate more lactose intolerance than younger people. For several years, there has been a wide range of lactose-free products in supermarkets that allow people with lactose intolerance to consume dairy products without problems.
We also have the gluten thing, which is a little more complex to manage. Gluten refers to a set of vegetable proteins found in various cereals such as wheat, spelled or barley, and whose consumption is linked to various health problems. The best known of these is celiac disease. Contrary to what many people believe, celiac disease is not gluten intolerance or an allergy. It is an autoimmune disease where there is rejection of gluten, but it is mediated by different antibodies than those seen in food allergies. In addition, its symptoms are essentially intestinal type with gas, inflammation and possible deterioration of the intestinal mucosa.
Otherwise, Each person is a world and may develop problems digesting food individually. Therefore, any food is likely to cause gas in sensitive people. On the other hand, and as long as there is no hidden health problem, the rest of the foods that do not cause us discomfort are perfectly compatible with a regular diet. As we have said, behind a bloating problem there can be serious health disorders, so it is crucial to consult a specialist if we notice excessive and frequent discomfort that reduces our quality of life.