25 Foods That Cause Bad Gas: Avoid on First Dates

Posted by , Updated on January 25, 2024

Burping, belching, flatulence, bloating… there are many terms referring to the ticklish problem excessive gas production causes. Apart from serious health problems to which it can also lead in some cases, bad gas often brings about social embarrassment, making the concerned person feel extremely uncomfortable. Once the excessive gas starts interfering with your peace of mind and your daily regime, it is time to take some actions. Obviously, one of the main causes of this problem is diet. Therefore, for today´s post, we have made a list of 25 foods that can give you really bad gas and should be avoided before any social occasion.



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Bananas may not be as gas inducing as other food items on this list, but don’t let that fool you, they still can and do produce gas. They contain soluble fiber and fructose, both of which can cause flatulence when broken down in the large intestine. Gas occurs especially if you consume large quantities of the fruit or more than your body is used to.



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Similar to bananas, apples also contain hard to digest fructose. Doctors usually recommend that people who suffer from bloating should reduce consumption portions or avoid raw apples entirely.



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Thanks to its relatively low calories, celery is often used in weight loss diets. However, celery is among a small group of foods that can produce strong allergic reactions and its carbohydrates can also cause severe flatulence.



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Cabbage is known to be a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber and is generally considered beneficial to our body. However, it also contains trisaccharide raffinose which our intestines cannot digest. Consequently, excessive consumption of cabbage often leads to very unpleasant side effects.


Oat bran

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Oat bran is the hard outer layers of oat grain that is produced as a by-product of milling in the production of refined grains. It is rich in dietary fiber and essential fatty acids and also contains significant quantities of starch, protein, vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, these components make oat bran hard to digest which can result in excessive gas production.



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As a food ingredient, mushrooms are popular all over the world. They are low in cholesterol and contain many vitamins, proteins, fibers, and antioxidants. Nevertheless, mushrooms are not gas friendly.



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Onions contain phenolics and flavonoids that have potential anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant properties, which is really cool. Nevertheless, eating onions (especially raw onions) before a date is not cool at all. Apart from a strong distinctive breath, you could also embarrass yourself by the urgent need to fart.


Fruit drinks

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Yep, even something as innocent looking as a fruit drink can give you bad gas. Particularly those sweetened with fructose.



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For many people, broccoli is the epitome of healthy eating because this vegetable is high in vitamins, fibers, carotenoids and many other beneficial nutrients. However, it also contains the notoriously hard-to-digest sugar raffinose. Therefore, gulping down a whole pot of steamed broccoli before going to a party may end up in a social disaster.


Ice cream

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“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” and why wouldn’t we. But watch out!
Lactose in diary foods is a common cause of flatulence, which can be also an indication of lactose intolerance.


Brussels sprouts

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Brussels sprout soup is a delicious and healthy dish but definitely not something you should eat before going to a cinema with your friends. Similarly to cabbage, Brussels sprout is a reliable trigger of particularly serious bad gas problems.


Fatty food

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Anything pan or deep fried along with fatty meats, gravies, pastries, rich creams or sauces are foods that can cause bad gas.



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Beans are generally considered the worst flatulence agent. Along with other legumes, beans cause extremely unpleasant gas because they contain a particular sugar – oligosaccharide that our body can’t break down. Consequently, the oligosaccharide molecules make it all the way to the large intestine still intact. There, bacteria finally break it down, producing gas.



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High in dietary fiber, folate, water, and vitamin C, cauliflower comes from the same species (Brassica oleracea) as broccoli, Brussels sprouts or cabbage so it’s no surprise this cultivar has the same properties when it comes to flatulence induction.



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Some may not realize it but raisins can induce some really potent gas issues. This delicacy, along with other dried fruits, contains fructose, a monosaccharide sugar that has a particular gassy consequence.



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Though garlic is relatively low in fiber and other carbohydrates, it does contain starches that the body has a difficult time digesting. The starches don’t break down until they reach the large intestine, where they release gases.



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Despite containing more than 90% water, this summer refreshing treat can also be a sneaky cause of stomach bloat. The culprit is the same as with other fruits – fructose. As a matter of fact, watermelons are even more dangerous in terms of flatulence because some people can eat as much as several pounds of watermelon in one sitting.



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Along with other nuts like peanuts, walnuts, almonds etc., pistachios are amazingly rich in nutrients, however, these nutrients are the very same nutrients that our digestive system can have a very hard time breaking down. This can result in both – unpleasant bad gas as well as constipation.



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Eating a load of raw peas is another guaranteed way to brings about some serious stomach problems and bad gas. Apart from being high in polyols and fructans, peas also contain galacto-oligosaccharides, a chain of sugars that are hard to digest and end up feeding our gut bacteria.



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Similarly to other veggies with strong flavors and aroma like garlic or onion, scallions are also high in fructans, a type of fiber made up mostly of fructose molecules. Since we lack the enzymes necessary to fully digest them, eating too much is a sure way of getting into some really embarrassing situations.



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Similarly to ice cream and other milk products, cheese can also upset our digestive system, especially if the person is lactose intolerant. Surprisingly, those who usually suffer from bad gas after eating cheese often don’t mind aged cheese.



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Source of numerous nutrients, carotenoids and vitamins, mango ranks among the few fruits that contain more fructose than glucose, an imbalance that makes it harder for fructose to be absorbed by our body. Again, moderate consumption is the key.



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One of the few foods to naturally contain vitamin D, eggs are beneficial because they supply all the essential amino acids we need; vitamins and needful chemical elements such as iron, calcium or phosphorus. However, eggs don’t belong among easily digestible dishes, and – in addition – they also contain sulfur, which makes bad gas really, really bad.



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A staple food in many regions of the world, corn is very high in fiber (there are 7 grams of fiber in 100 grams of corn) and nutrients. However, these components make corn hard to digest, causing significant flatulence.



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Apart from having many wholesome components such as proteins, vitamins, amino acids or calcium, it also contains oligosaccharide, which our guts can’t fully handle. Therefore, a plate of simmered soybeans is definitely not recommended before your first date.