Fast Five Quiz: Flatulence

B.S. Anand, MD


November 01, 2022

Improper eating habits are known to cause flatulence. In addition to avoidance of overeating, some experts suggest limiting food to four to seven small meals as opposed to three large meals. Eating slowly is also important because it avoids accidental air ingestion and helps avoid overconsumption. Foods that are heavy in fat and simple carbohydrates should also be avoided. In addition, the following are known to potentially cause excess gas production:

  • Lentils and beans

  • Certain fruits, such as prunes, apricots, and raisins

  • Certain vegetables, such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, and onions

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Dairy products

  • Wheat that contains gluten

Fruits that are less likely to cause excessive flatulence include berries, cantaloupes, avocados, and olives.

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