Food allergy & intolerance: avoid this food if you have a bloated stomach!

Food allergy & intolerance: avoid this food if you have a bloated stomach!
A swollen stomach can be caused by a food allergy or intolerance. If you have a food allergy, you cannot eat the product at all and you can already have a severe reaction to a few crumbs. It is life-threatening for people with a peanut allergy to eat peanuts because then they can get an anaphylactic shock. Food intolerance is much more common and can often be taken to a limited extent. Below you can read the most common food intolerances that cause abdominal distention.

Gluten intolerance as a food trigger for abdominal distention

One of the most well-known food triggers is gluten. This is a protein that occurs in flour products, such as bread, pasta, crackers, biscuits, breadcrumbs, and many unhealthy snacks. Gluten intolerance (Celiac disease) occurs in approximately 1% of the Dutch population. You can even get severe complaints after eating a few crumbs of gluten. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet. Without this treatment, the disease affects the lining of your small intestine, so it’s important to get tested.

It is also possible that you have done a blood test and it turns out that you do not have a gluten intolerance. However, it is possible that you do not react well to food with gluten and you get a bloated stomach. Then we speak of gluten sensitivity. You can find out by eating strictly gluten-free for six weeks and then eating gluten again. You can do this under the supervision of a dietitian.

Food allergy & intolerance: avoid this food if you have a bloated stomach!

Finally, there are also people who have the feeling that they get a bloated stomach after eating bread or pasta with gluten, but who can tolerate it now and then. In this case, there is no need to eliminate gluten altogether. How much you can tolerate can differ per person. I myself can take food with gluten about once a day without getting any complaints. I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), an intestinal disorder in which food and stress can be a trigger.

Lactose is a well-known food trigger for abdominal distension

Another known cause of bloating is lactose. This is a substance found in milk products, such as yogurt, milk, desserts, ice cream, white sauces, and white bread. In addition, it is often added as an additive to manufactured products, such as biscuits, sweets, and cakes. People with lactose intolerance cannot break down lactose properly because the body does not produce enough of the enzyme lactase.

This is relatively common in the elderly and dark-skinned people. In supermarkets, you will increasingly come across lactose-free products, such as lactose-free milk, yogurt, bread, cream cheese, and desserts. There are also tablets for sale with lactase that you can take, so that lactose can be broken down more easily.

Soy yogurt is also a milk substitute, but not always well tolerated by everyone. It is often not necessary to never take milk products again and you can take this a few times a week. In addition, you can also be sensitive to the milk proteins in food, so it is important to eat completely milk-free.

Gas-forming products are often the cause of abdominal distention

It is a fact that gas-producing products can cause abdominal distention in many people. For example, if you often eat kidney beans or drink carbonated soda, there is a greater chance that you have more gases in your stomach. It can differ per food whether you get gas from it. For example, I know people who can eat lentils just fine, but chickpeas give them a huge bloated stomach, with gas on top of that. So it does not mean that if one gas-forming product causes a bloated stomach, you should leave the other products at the same time. View here which products cause further gas formation.

Strong herbs as a food intolerance for a bloated stomach

A bloated stomach is more likely to happen if you use a lot of strong herbs. You may recognize that if you go to a country such as Morocco or Turkey, you often have stomach problems. This is partly due to the strong herbs, such as garlic in large quantities. By using less strong herbs, you can reduce your abdominal distention. My favorite safe herbs are: basil, oregano, parsley, ginger and turmeric. You can use these herbs dried or in powder form. I even make my vegetarian stock with it by adding some Celtic sea salt.

Glutamates as a food trigger for a bloated stomach

Food allergy & intolerance: avoid this food if you have a bloated stomach!

You can also be sensitive to the glutamates (flavor enhancers) in food. They give a savory taste to foods such as meat, fish, cheese, mushrooms and savory snacks. This is stated on a food label with the term ‘flavor enhancer’ followed by the name of the substance or the E number. Note: Some manufacturers do not want to put glutamate or the E number on the label. They then add ingredients with a high glutamate content, such as yeast extract or seaweed, for example, to still get the umami taste.

Bloated stomach due to wrong combinations in food

It’s not just certain foods, such as gluten, lactose, beans, and strong herbs that can cause a bloated stomach. It also matters which combinations you use. Eating only a sandwich with cheese is a big difference from whether you first eat 1 sandwich with cheese and then yogurt with fruit and a snicker. Perhaps you can imagine that if all three of these products enter the stomach, a completely different chemical reaction takes place than if you only eat that cheese sandwich. If you eat or drink a lot of things together, they can also amplify a reaction.



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