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Top 10 Belly Bloating Foods

Submitted by on April 14, 2013 - 5:09 am

How many times have you felt so bloated after a meal that you’ve had to roll yourself to the door instead of walk? Me? Too many times!!! The strange thing is, I never thought it was the food that I ate but instead my temperamental stomach. It turns out there are a few foods that can cause this pandemic of bloating to overcome you shortly after consuming them. Some foods are equipped with certain ingredients such as acids, or gaseous causing chemicals that are released during the digestion phase.


Here’s a list of the top ten belly bloating foods to stay away from:


  • Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts
  • Dairy
  • Broccoli
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Carbonated Beverages, Coffee and other drinks with high acidic content like wine
  • Pears, Apples and some citrus fruits
  • Spicy and salty foods (they cause water retention)
  • Bagels
  • Uncooked vegetables and fruits


Some of these things are just so yummy to be causing that much pain in your tummy. Spicy food? Come on now, I’m a Latin girl you have got to give me those! Nonetheless, in order to feel flatter around your mid-section, it’s best to swap some of your favorites that can cause the bloat, with ones that can minimize it.


Try these belly-deflating foods instead:


  • Fiber rich foods
  • Legumes
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger
  • Mint, parsley
  • Avocados
  • Melon
  • Fennel
  • Lean meats like turkey
  • Plenty of water


A lot of the time bloating can be lessened (when eating some of these bloat causing foods) by taking your time eating a meal and chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing it whole. It’s always the case that you’re not getting enough water, so drink a glass of water before and after a meal to keep yourself hydrated. This allows your intestinal tract to digest properly and not leave you feeling like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka.

See anything on this list that shocked you? See something you couldn’t possibly live without? Tell me about it!


1 Comment»

  • Laura says:
    May 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I found a recipe online once for something I think was in the Fat Belly diet book (I do not have that book) for a drink that reduces bloating. It pretty much included the fruits/herbs on your second list in water. You can choose which ones you like and just cut them up and put them in a pitcher of water over night and drink all day. Ginger, mint, pineapple, lemon (if the citrus does not bother you), cucumber, etc. Parsley can taste good with pineapple juice too.

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