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    What types of foods cause gas?

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    My child experiences gas quite often. What types of foods may be contributing to this?
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    Julie Markoska

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I am a Sydney based Accredited Nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia.I have a Bachelor of Science majoring in ... View Profile

    Here are some of the main ‘culprit’ foods that can cause excess flatulence:

    • onions
    • leeks
    • canned or dried beans (eg baked beans, kidney beans, butter beans)
    • chickpeas
    • brussel sprouts
    • cabbage
    • foods with added inulin (some yoghurt, juice, soy milks and fibre  supplements – check the food label)
    Julie Markoska
    Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist
    http://www.juliemarkoska.com.au/

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    Good Nutrition for Life is a private dietetic practice based in Cleveland, Queensland and is owned by Kimberley Davis who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian. ... View Profile

    Great answer. The above foods are the usual culprits. Other foods and drinks that can cause gas are broccoli and cauliflower particularly the stalks; and soft drinks as they are carbonated and the bubbles travel through the digestive system. Chewing gum can also result in gas because when gum is chewed with the mouth open as you can swallow air pockets when swallowing saliva which travel through the digestive system and result in gas. Check with your son that he is chewing his food properly particularly the culprit foods. If we do not chew our foods well, our digestive system must do the extra work of breaking it down which can cause abdominal pain, bloating and excess gas in some people. Kimberley Davis, APD/AN www.goodnutritionforlife.com.au

  • Liz Beavis

    Dietitian

    Liz specialises in helping you to feel better, by helping you identify any food, diet or environmental factors that might be triggering your symptoms. Liz ... View Profile

    Julie and Kimberly have provided a fantastic picture of the most common foods that can cause excess gassiness.
    For some people other types of food intolerances can also cause gut symptoms including gas, such as food additives including preservatives. Also some naturally occurring food chemicals that give our food the tasty rich flavours that we love can also trigger similar symptoms in susceptible people.
    Some people also find benefit from particular types of probiotics.
    Making changes to your child’s diet can be a little complex and it is important to ensure they are not missing out nutritionally as you take out certain foods. Find an Accredited Practising Dietitian who can help you to tease apart which dietary factors may be playing a role in your child’s symptoms whilst ensuring adequate nutrition.
     
    Liz Beavis APD
    www.newtownnutrition.com.au

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