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8 Foods that Can (Surprisingly) Cause Bloating

Nobody likes to feel bloated, especially during beach season. Here are 8 foods that may be giving you grief without you knowing it. 

Carbonated Drinks

Soda and other carbonated drinks contain a high amount of carbon dioxide (gas) which is what causes you to bloat. Instead try water or fresh juice to get that healthy hydration you’re looking for.


Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables can cause your stomach to bloat because they can be difficult to digest. Instead of cutting these vegetables out try cooking them, as it will help your body break them down and digest them easier.



Although high in protein, beans and lentils are also high in fibre and sugars that can cause your body to bloat. Again, legumes should not be cut out of your diet completely but you can try soaking them overnight to make them easier to digest.


Cheese and milk can make most gassy especially those who are lactose intolerant, which happens to be most of the human population. Although these foods can be super tasty, there are many dairy free substitutions that are great nowadays, like almond or cashew milk.


Although high in fibre, apples also contain fructose and sorbitol, which are hard for people to digest. Try chewing slower and maybe eating only half of the apple at a time to prevent bloating from happening.



Corn contains a type of carbohydrate that is hard for our bodies to break down, which again is what causes bloating. Try eating smaller portions of corn to avoid the bloating.

Raw Spinach

Spinach is high in fibre and in naturally occurring oligosaccharides which makes it difficult to digest. Many people experience bloating when eating raw spinach so there are ways to help with this, such as blending it into smoothies or cooking spinach to help make it easier to digest.

Protein Bars

Protein bars can be filled with soybean derived ingredients, fibre and sugars which can cause bloating. If you’re stomach isn’t reacting well to the protein bars try sticking to whole foods, like chicken, eggs and fish.


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