Bloating is one of the more unpleasant side effects of eating certain foods (and it’s also one of the grossest words in the English language). Sometimes you just want to enjoy ice cream and still buckle those skinny jeans, right? But not all bodies are equipped with the ability to digest all foods easily. And though it’s no surprise that a heavy meal might need a chaser of Pepto Bismol, it turns out there are some surprising foods that may contribute to bloating, from veggies to candies. That’s right — even really healthy whole foods might tie your stomach in knots.
Most of these foods cause bloating because they contain some component — such as certain sugars or lots of fiber — that are not easily digested. Sorbitol, which is a sweetener found in everything from candies to dried fruits, is a common additive that causes bloating, but all-natural foods can also create problems. So even noshing on healthy veggies like Brussels sprouts can lead to that stomach discomfort. If the bloating is especially bothersome, you can follow advice from the American College of Gastroenterology and see a doctor about possible underlying conditions. Otherwise, you can make some simple lifestyle adjustments and cut back on these bloat-inducing foods.