Having the flat stomach is the dream of most women in the world. Unfortunately, it is something quite difficult to achieve, although not impossible. Even if you do all the exercise in the world, eating properly is essential, as there are foods that are likely to cause bloating and you should avoid them.
In today’s article, we are going to reveal what these are to make it much easier to reach your goal.
15 Foods you shouldn’t eat if you want to have a flat belly
1 – Dairy
Dairy products such as cheese and milk can cause digestion problems, especially if you’re intolerant or have a sensitivity to lactose. Lactose is a natural sugar found in dairy products, and those who are lactose intolerant do not have the enzymes necessary to break it down.
Fortunately, there are many dairy substitutes like soy or almond milk, which are ideal for those who are intolerant to lactose or simply looking to avoid dairy products.
2 – Cruciferous vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale belong to the category of cruciferous vegetables. These foods have many nutrients such as folate, vitamin C, and fiber. They are even thought to help prevent cancer.
However, they also contain raffinose, a type of carbohydrate that our bodies cannot break down easily. The raffinose is fermented by bacteria, and this is one of the main causes of gas and bloating.
If you don’t want to suffer the negative effects of these vegetables, eat them roasted or steamed to make them easier to digest.
3 – Foods with high sodium content
Most Americans consume more salt than recommended. The natural reaction of our bodies when we ingest so much salt is to retain fluids, which causes swelling.
Most healthy people should limit their intake of sodium to 2,300 mg per day. Those who have diabetes, high blood pressure or are over 50 years, should consume a maximum of 1,500 mg daily.
Packaged and processed foods, such as canned soups, deli meats, and manufactured sauces, often contain large amounts of sodium.
4 – Alcohol
Just as food with high sodium content, alcohol causes the body to retain fluid, which causes swelling. In addition, it can also cause constipation, which worsens the situation.
5 – Watermelon
Watermelon contains a lot of fructose, a natural sugar that gives sweetness to the fruit. Many people cannot digest the fructose well, so the watermelon can cause bloating.
6 – Legumes
Legumes, such as peas or lentils, are rich in fiber and protein, which are very important nutrients but they are also quite difficult to digest. This makes our intestinal bacteria work harder to absorb them, which causes gas and bloating. To avoid this, leave the beans to soak overnight before cooking.
7 – Yogurt
It all depends on what type of yogurt you consume. Natural yogurt can improve the health of your stomach, as it contains probiotics that regulate digestion. However, if you are eating yogurt with a high sugar content, you will have more fermentation in your body, which leads to more gas and bloating.
8 – Grains
Grains such as rye and wheat contain fructan, a carbohydrate that many people find hard to digest.
According to many gastroenterologists, people usually think that gluten irritates the stomach when in fact in many cases it is fructan that does this. When a carbohydrate cannot be absorbed, it is fermented by intestinal bacteria leading to gas and bloating.
9 – Drinks with gas
It does not matter whether it is soft drinks or soda with gas, any type of soda can cause bloating.
10 – Onions
Surprisingly onions contain fructan, the same carbohydrate that is found in grains and beans which can cause bloating.
11 – Artificial sweeteners
Sweeteners such as xylitol and sorbitol take a long time to digest, so that can lead to the bloating. Other sweeteners that are not recommended are saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose.
12 – Popcorn
Well, popcorn in itself does not cause bloating, it is the amount of popcorn that most of us eat which causes the stomach to swell.
13 – Sugar-free chewing gum
These chewing gums contain artificial sweeteners which, as mentioned above, are one of the main causes of stomach bloat. In addition, the act of chewing gum is not good for the stomach because you swallow too much air when you do this.
14 – Apples
Apples contain three things that contribute to gas and bloating: fiber, fructose, and sorbitol. Fructose and sorbitol are naturally occurring sugars and, although sorbitol is often used as an artificial sweetener in foods, many people cannot digest it properly.
Other fruits that contain sorbitol are peaches, pears and plums.
15 – Coffee
Although coffee is a natural diuretic, it is also acidic, which can lead to bloating in the stomach.
These 15 foods can provoke bloating and heaviness so you should look at how you feel after eating them. If you see that any of them causes discomfort, stop consuming it, you can get the same nutrients from other foods.
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