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Intestinal Gas

Key Points About Intestinal Gas

Here are some important things to know about intestinal gas:
  • Everyone has gas in the digestive tract.
  • People often believe they have excessive gas, even when the amount they pass is normal.
  • Intestinal gas comes from two main sources: swallowed air and the normal breakdown of certain foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestine.
    • Beans
    • Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, onions, artichokes, and asparagus
    • Fruits such as pears, apples, and peaches
    • Whole grains, such as whole wheat and bran
    • Soft drinks and fruit drinks
    • Milk and milk products, such as cheese and ice cream, and packaged foods prepared with lactose, such as bread, cereal, and salad dressing
    • Foods containing sorbitol, such as diet foods and sugar-free candies and gums.

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