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5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Make You Bloat

Seemingly good-for-you foods can actually be hidden sources of tummy troubles. Beat the bloat today with these simple swaps for “healthy” foods that make you bloat.

5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Make You Bloat
Must-Follow Tips

5 ‘Healthy’ Foods That Make You Bloat

Seemingly good-for-you foods can actually be hidden sources of tummy troubles. Beat the bloat today with these simple swaps for “healthy” foods that make you bloat.

CHEWING GUM

Culprit: Sorbitol

Chewing gum may seem like a harmless habit, but one too many sticks can give whole new meaning to the phrase “bubble butt.” Sugarless gums typically contain sorbitol, a sugar alcohol known for causing bloating and other gastrointestinal distress. Sorbitol takes a relatively long time to digest, and undigested sorbitol in your small intestine acts as hothouse for the fermentation of bacteria, causing boating and flatulence.

Chew This

PÜR Gum

Not That!

Trident Gum

NUTRITION BARS

Culprit: Soy Protein

You probably don’t think “beans” when you unwrap a protein bar, but a lot of them include protein isolate derived from soybeans—something many people find just as gas-inducing as the musical fruit. Like other beans, soy contains oligosaccharides, sugar molecules that the body can’t break down entirely. With nowhere to go, these oligosaccharides hang out in the where they ferment, causing gas and bloating of the stomach.

Eat This

KIND Nut Delight Bars

Not That!

Atkins Granola Bar

DRIED FRUIT

Culprit: Fructose

Nature’s candy, dried fruit can be a great source of nutrients and fiber. But it can also be a musical fruit for those who suffer from fructose malabsorption, which occurs when the body has difficulty absorbing the natural sugar. Dried fruits are particularly high in fructose; stone and citrus fruits, and berries are safer options for those with sensitivity.

If you're still a dedicated dried fruit fan, make sure to read the label before you buy. Many dried fruits have added sugar that makes them pack even more grams than a donut. Check out our list of the 5 "Health" Foods Worse Than a Donut to expose the other sneaky diet saboteurs.

Eat This

Fresh Plum, Per 100 G

Fructose

1.8 g

Not That!

Raisins, per 100 G

Fructose

33.8 g

ALMOND MILK

Culprit: Carrageenan

Mooove over, cow’s milk! Almond milk is a better option for those with lactose sensitivity, but you may be undermining your goals if you’re buying a brand with the thickening agent carrageenan. Derived from seaweed, carrageenan has been linked to ulcers, inflammation, and other gastrointestinal problems.

Still don't know which milk is right for you? Don't let the diary aisle confuse you. We break down the basics in this indispensable guide.

Drink This

Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk

Not That!

Almond Breeze Almondmilk

CANNED SOUP

Culprit: Salt

Good for the soul, but potentially bad for the stomach, soup can hide sky-high sodium counts that may lead to water retention and temporary weight gain. When you overload your system with salt, your kidneys can’t keep up; salt that would otherwise be flushed away has to sit in your bloodstream, where it attracts water, causing increased blood pressure and bloating.

Eat This

Amy's Light Sodium Soup, Per 1/2 Cup

Sodium

340 mg

Not That!

Campbell's Homestyle Soup, Per 1/2 Cup

Sodium

940 mg

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