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The normal adult passes gas between 12 and 25 times a day. Gas is a very normal part of our digestion process. But when gas builds up in your intestines and you cannot expel it, you might start to feel pain and discomfort. Gas can be caused by overeating, swallowing air when you eat or drink, chewing gum, smoking cigarettes, or eating certain foods. You should make an appointment with your doctor when your gas symptoms cause you distress, suddenly change, or are accompanied by constipation, diarrhea, or weight loss.

Often, gas is caused by what you eat. Food is digested mainly in your small intestines. What is left is fermented in your colon along with bacteria, fungi, and yeast. This is all a normal part of digestion. This process will produce methane and hydrogen, which are expelled as gas. For a lot of people, changing dietary habits is enough to help get rid of gas and its symptoms. One way you can determine which foods are giving you gas is by keeping a food diary. Here are some foods and drinks that may cause you to pass gas.

1. Beans
When you think of foods that cause gas, beans are more than likely at the top of your list. Beans contain a lot of raffinose. This is a complex sugar that the body has a lot of trouble digesting. Raffinose passes through the small intestines and into the large intestines. Once there, bacteria will break it down. It will produce hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane gas. These will all exit through the rectum as gas. To reduce gas without cutting out beans, soaking the beans overnight will help to reduce the gas.

2. Dairy Products
Lactose is a sugar that is found in milk, cheese and ice cream. People who do not produce enough of the enzyme lactase will have difficulty digesting lactose. Increased gas is one symptom of this lactose intolerance. You can reduce your symptoms by trying non-dairy replacements like almond milk or soy products. You can also try taking a lactase tablet before eating foods with lactose.

3. Whole Grains
Whole grains like wheat and oats contain fiber, raffinose, and starch. All of these are broken down by bacteria in the large intestine. This then leads to gas. But rice is the only grain that does not cause gas.

4. Vegetables
Some vegetables like brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, and cauliflower will cause excess gas. These vegetables contain the complex sugar, raffinose. But these vegetables are very healthy foods. You might want to talk to your doctor before you eliminate them from your diet.

5. Sodas
Sodas and other carbonated drinks will add to the amount of air that you swallow. When air gets into your digestive tract, it has to pass through. This will cause burping. It might also increase how much gas you pass. Changing to juice, tea, or water (that has no carbonation) will help you to reduce gas.

6. Fruits
Apples, peaches, pears, and prunes contain the natural sugar alcohol, sorbitol. The body has a lot of trouble digesting this substance. Many fruits also have soluble fiber. This is a type of fiber that dissolves in water. Sorbitol and soluble fiber will both pass through the large intestines. The bacteria will break them down to create hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane gas.

Gas can be extremely painful, but it is not really dangerous. If gas pain or bloating are issues for you, look to your diet to see what changes you can make. In many cases, diet modification will get rid of the issue completely. Make an appointment with your doctor if you do not notice a difference after several weeks of diet changes.

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