After eating, we sometimes want to unbutton our pants due to the swelling of the belly, which can sometimes be painful. These inconveniences can be avoided by paying attention to what you put on your plate. Here are the foods to avoid to limit bloating, and another digestive discomfort.
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vegetables are rich in mineral salts and vitamins, essential for the proper functioning of the body. However, it is better not to abuse them if you are prone to bloating because they are particularly rich in fibers which are difficult to digest and “irritating for the intestine”, explains Doctor Jean-Michel Cohen.
To limit the abdominal swelling without completely banishing raw vegetables from its diet, the specialist advises to peel them well “because it is often the skin that is not digestible”, and to cut them into small pieces “in order to pre-digest the food ”.
In the vegetable category, we also find crucifers, that is to say broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, as well as Brussels sprouts, because of their high content of raffinose, a complex sugar which can be the cause of gas and bloating. “They will require a lot of bacteria to digest,” and therefore produce more gas.
We can also mention leeks, as well as asparagus. And for good reason, these foods are composed of cellulose and hemicelluloses, “insoluble fibers which are difficult to bear,” notes the nutritionist, who recommends people with fragile intestines to consume plants in the form of mash or cream .
To keep a flat stomach after a meal, it is also recommended to reduce your consumption of legumes – lentils, red and white beans, chickpeas, etc. – because “putrefaction (decomposition of food under the action of bacteria , editor’s note), is slower ”. This thus produces a “release of gas, methane, which is responsible for the swelling of the intestine, and this feeling of bloating”.
On the list of foods that make the belly swell, we finally find those containing seeds, such as tomatoes, currants, or grapes. “The pip can slip between two folds of the mucous membrane and cause irritation. And to fight against it, details Dr. Cohen, author of the book “Nourishing your health” (First edition), the cells will secrete gas. “