Health Tip: Bloated and Gassy?




: Cut down on foods that worsen symptoms of gas in the abdomen said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee  Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, BSNL Dil Ka Darbar & MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

The need to burp and pass gas is normal. But some people may feel that they’re frequently bloated and gassy.

General principles

  • Foods that split equally into two produce gas e.g. pulses, rajma, Chickpeas etc.
  • Cook them after soaking them in water for 8–12 hours or cook them with ‘heeng’ (asafetida).
  • Foods grown over the surface if eaten raw produce gas-like feeling e.g. cauliflower, brocolli, cabbage etc.
  • Foods grown under the ground produce gas, if eaten raw or without soaking them in the water e.g onions, radish, carrots etc.

Heart Care Foundation of India offers the following suggestions to help reduce uncomfortable gas:

  • Cut down on foods known to cause gas, such as beans, dairy products, bran and whole wheat foods.
  • Limit gas–causing vegetables such as onions, broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts, and fruits such as peaches, apples and pears.
  • Avoid sugary fruit drinks and carbonated soft drinks. Instead, drink water.
  • Avoid swallowing excessive air by eating slowly and chewing thoroughly.
  • Keep a diary of foods that cause gas for you, and try to avoid them.


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