It’s hard to blame the dog – especially when you don’t have one. So it might just be time to fess up and say, ‘Yes, it was me! It was the onions in the mince. Did you know onion contains fructose, which is a contributing factor to flatulence.’ Now who is going to argue with that explanation?
1.Beans You've probably heard the old saying, ‘beans means farts’. And yes, it’s true. They contain a lot of fibre, which is why they cause gas.
2. Peas Like beans, peas contain fibre and indigestible oligosaccharides (a carbohydrate), which contribute to bloating and flatulence.
3. Onions You can blame the fructans in onions for causing the bloating and excessive gas.
4. Cauliflower The sulphur compounds and oligosaccharides in cauliflower can cause flatulence. Cauliflower also contains raffinose (a form of sugar) and is also responsible for causing bloating.
5. Brussels sprouts Closely related to cabbage, these little guys contain raffinose and a high sulphur content. Say no more.
6. Chewing gum Aside from swallowing more air when chewing gum, which can contribute to flatulence, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol, and xylitol can also cause gas.
7.Dried fruit Oh yes! That delicious dried apricot can cause chaos in a closed environment such as a car. Fibre is the culprit here. So whilst it’s really good for you and keeps you regular, it’s not so good for those around you.
8. Cabbage Love cabbage but not the after-effects? Then try fermenting it, otherwise known as sauerkraut. By doing so, you are reducing the chance of bloating due to the cultures in sauerkraut.
So you love eating these foods, but they’re causing discomfort. What do you do? Apart from giving up these foods - which isn’t ideal, as they are very good for you – you could try drinking tea to help with digestion. Try drinking ginger or peppermint tea, which are both known to assist with digestion. Other suggestions include eating smaller amounts of these foods at a time and increasing the amounts gradually. This helps build up an intestinal tolerance to foods that cause gas.