Gas and flatulence is associated with eating certain foods. Limiting the intake of these foods (not avoiding them completely as they have valuable nutrients) can help with the management of this.
Also helpful is slowing down eating and managing anxiety. Eating when anxious increases the amount of air you swallow. Air is another cause of flatulence. As are some medicines including NSAIDS like ibuprofen, as well as some statins, anti fungal medication, and some laxatives. (2)
Examples of foods that commonly cause flatulence include: (1)
- dairy products – such as milk, if lactose intolerance is present
- dried fruit – raisins and prunes
- fruit – apple, apricot, peach and pear
- foods high in insoluble fibre – particularly seeds and husks
- legumes – beans, peas, chickpeas, soybeans and nuts
- vegetables – carrot, eggplant, onion, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.