Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by street129, Sep 9, 2009.
I need a list of gas food to avoid
Eggs, cheese, beans, cabbage, too many fruit--like grapes or cheeries.
It might help to have a more comprehensive idea of what you're going through. Bad gas can be a symptom of other problems.....
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Gas in the Digestive Tract
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•What causes gas?
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Everyone has gas and eliminates it by burping or passing it through the rectum. However, many people think they have too much gas when they really have normal amounts. Most people produce about 1 to 4 pints a day and pass gas about 14 times a day.
The digestive tract.
Gas is made primarily of odorless vapors—carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The unpleasant odor of flatulence, the gas that passes through the rectum, comes from bacteria in the large intestine that release small amounts of gases containing sulfur.
Although having gas is common, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Understanding causes, ways to reduce symptoms, and treatment will help most people find relief.
What causes gas?
Gas in the digestive tract—the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine—comes from two sources:
•normal breakdown of certain undigested foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestine, also called the colon
Aerophagia, or air swallowing, is a common cause of gas in the stomach. Everyone swallows small amounts of air when eating and drinking. However, eating or drinking rapidly, chewing gum, smoking, or wearing loose dentures can cause some people to take in more air.
Burping, or belching, is the way most swallowed air—which contains nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide—leaves the stomach. The remaining gas moves into the small intestine, where it is partially absorbed. A small amount travels into the large intestine for release through the rectum. The stomach also releases carbon dioxide when stomach acid mixes with the bicarbonate in digestive juices, but most of this gas is absorbed into the bloodstream and does not enter the large intestine.
Breakdown of Undigested Foods
The body does not digest and absorb some carbohydrates—the sugar, starches, and fiber found in many foods—in the small intestine because of a shortage or absence of certain enzymes that aid digestion.
This undigested food then passes from the small intestine into the large intestine, where normal, harmless bacteria break down the food, producing hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and, in about one-third of all people, methane. Eventually these gases exit through the rectum.
People who make methane do not necessarily pass more gas or have unique symptoms. A person who produces methane will have stools that consistently float in water. Research has not shown why some people produce methane and others do not.
Foods that produce gas in one person may not cause gas in another. Some common bacteria in the large intestine can destroy the hydrogen that other bacteria produce. The balance of the two types of bacteria may explain why some people have more gas than others.
Which foods cause gas?
Most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas. By contrast, fats and proteins cause little gas.
The sugars that cause gas are raffinose, lactose, fructose, and sorbitol.
Raffinose. Beans contain large amounts of this complex sugar. Smaller amounts are found in cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, other vegetables, and whole grains.
Lactose. Lactose is the natural sugar in milk. It is also found in milk products, such as cheese and ice cream, and processed foods, such as bread, cereal, and salad dressing. Many people, particularly those of African, Native American, or Asian background, normally have low levels of lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose, after childhood. Also, as people age, their enzyme levels decrease. As a result, over time people may experience increasing amounts of gas after eating food containing lactose.
Fructose. Fructose is naturally present in onions, artichokes, pears, and wheat. It is also used as a sweetener in some soft drinks and fruit drinks.
Sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar found naturally in fruits, including apples, pears, peaches, and prunes. It is also used as an artificial sweetener in many dietetic foods and sugar-free candies and gums.
Most starches, including potatoes, corn, pasta, and wheat, produce gas as they are broken down in the large intestine. Rice is the only starch that does not cause gas.
there has been some research you seem to have missed that could prove very useful to you with this problem. i have found it very useful to avoid the foods that produce hydrogen sulfate which prof k d m has found in the simple urine test that has been developed to test for this and he has found it in ME patients in high levels
you can find the research on this site and in posts that were very good and informative
the foods that i remember that i have avoided now and some i already knew that they made me ill but thought of it as an allergy however they were producing this gas that was having the effects on my health
the gas is the one that smells like rotten eggs
wheat, eggs, dairy, wine, are the main ones that i avoid now as well as above mentioned beans etc
but there is a very good post from someone that went into full details of the foods and the reaction the gas has on you such as intolerance to light,
it fits in with dr chia's research on the stomach and dr chia treats the viral infections. where as prof d m treats with probiotics a particular anti biotic and diet
sorry can.t find the links for you but maybe someone else less brain fogged will help you or you could ask rich vank who is interested in people who have had the test and their reaction to epsom salts
the test is available for uk £13.00 so its cheap enough to try most people got two so they could do a control from someone outside their household who does not have ME
for me its eggs, milk, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts and BEANS! Esp. raw veggies.
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