Have you been eating clean only to find that you’ve woken up with a pot belly overnight? While you can take comfort in knowing it is not due to weight gain, your bloated stomach is enough to start your day on a bad note when you feel sluggish, heavy and uncomfortable. Who would have known that lurking behind some of the healthiest foods are substances your body struggles to digest? Here are nine healthy foods that cause uncomfortable bloating.
Garlic and onions
Both popular ingredients in cooking, garlic and onions contain a fibre known as fructan that cannot be digested by your small intestine. This leads to increased gas production in your body to cause some serious bloating.
During the occasional cheat days at fast food chains, swapping your fries for a side of corn may seem like a good idea. But the external coating of each kernel contains high amounts of cellulose, a fibre that the human stomach cannot break down. Eating too much of it can cause you to feel bloated.
Binging on nuts because they are often recommended as a healthy snack might not be a good idea. While nuts are a great source of protein and fibre, they also contain phytic acid, which slows down your body’s natural absorption of minerals like iron and zinc. This may leave you feeling gassy, bloated or constipated.
Raw cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are rich in vitamins and fibres. But your body does not contain the enzyme needed to break down raffinose, a complex sugar found in such vegetables. They will be fermented by bacteria in your gut to produce gas that can cause you to feel swollen and uncomfortable.