Belly Busters: “Health” Foods to Avoid This Summer

Summer sun and heat doesn’t allow for skin to be hidden behind layers of clothes, scarves and winter jackets. Thighs, bisceps and tummies are our primary targets when getting in shape and dieting.

But we always fail to take into account that there are certain “diet” foods that bloat. As Miranda Kerr would say: “We are limited only by our thoughts”.

Fiber is loaded in fruits and vegetables, yogurt and most obviously, in cereal. If you’re not used to this change in your diet – you can experience excessive bloating throughout this period until the body regulates the appropriate bacteria in the gut to help digest fiber properly.

Protein bars contain many fillers, but many contain whey-protein or milk-protein concentrate, which causes bloating for those who are lactose intolerant. Those with soy-protein concentrate can be gas inducing because it’s a bean product and contains indigestible, fermentable carbs in addition to protein. Look for bars with rice or nut protein.

Multi-vitamins contain additives and fillers, including lactose or wheat, and sugar alcohols like xylitol and mannitol – all of which are notorious bloat culprits because they tend to be slower to digest than other carbs, giving intestinal bacteria plenty of time to feat on them and produce gas. Always look for a supplement that contains a short list of ingredients. Additionally its always best to avoid those ingredients that are more difficult to pronounce – those are the added fillers that definitely should be avoided. Remember – vitamins are not regulated by the FDA.

Try these awesome tips:

  1. Add potassium: helps prevent bloating – they can be found in bananas, tomatoes, mushrooms, dark leafy greens and salmon or halibut.
  2. Avoid fructose: 1 of 2 people in the States cannot digest fructose without GI discomfort, it can make you bloated and gassy. Most fructose-laded products get dumped into the small intestine and can cause cramping, extended bloating and diarrhea.
  3. Eat bacteria! Bifidobacteria can be found in yogurts – this ingredient is important to reduce flatulence and bloating.

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