8 Reasons You're So, Um, Gassy
The average woman passes about 700 milliliters of gas a day. Here's why you might be feeling even more bloated than usual.
You've gone vegetarian.
Tofu, tempeh, soy milk—these staples of a meat-free diet are surprise gas producers. "Many people forget that soybeans are beans
," says Yoshida, and beans contain difficult-to-digest starches as well as those notorious oligosaccharides. Enjoy soy in moderation, and use canned beans (rinsed of bloat-causing salt) or dried beans that are thoroughly cooked (they have less complex sugars). Yoshida also recommends Beano, that silly-sounding OTC remedy with an enzyme that digests oligosaccharides. "It really works," she says. Take five drops per serving of beans or legumes.
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