Choosing the Best Non Gassy Foods

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Foods to Eat to Avoid Intestinal Gas and Bloating

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There are some very important situations in which the last thing you need to be dealing with is excessive intestinal gas. Fortunately, there are some foods that are less likely to cause gas. You can turn to these when you need to feel confident that you won’t experience the embarrassment of flatulence.

Why Some Food Causes Gas

As a general rule of thumb, gassy foods are those that contain certain types of carbohydrates, soluble fiber, or both. These substances are not fully absorbed in the small intestine and instead make their way down to the large intestine where they are set upon by gut bacteria. The by-product of this process is gas.

In order to avoid gas, try to eat foods that are just the opposite. These other foods will not be broken down by intestinal bacteria so you should be safe.

It is important to know that some intestinal gas is normal and that many gassy foods are good for you. Try to limit your diet to the non-gassy foods only when it is absolutely essential that you remain gas-free.

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Animal Proteins Are Non Gassy

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Our bodies are well adapted to digesting protein. Sources of protein that come from animals contain no carbohydrates that can be fermented by that pesky gut bacteria. Because of this, choosing to eat any of these foods is a safe bet when you want to avoid embarrassing gas or an uncomfortable bloat.

Glazes and gravy may contain added sugar, garlic, or onions, all of which can produce gas, so be sure to eat these items plain:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Turkey

If you choose not to eat animal products, there are plenty of other foods for you to enjoy.

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Load Up on the Non Gassy Vegetables

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There are plenty of vegetables that are low enough in carbohydrates so they are not likely to contribute to intestinal fermentation.

These are all good for you, so feel free to pile them onto your plate. You might even consider making a simple salad out of them and turning that into your big meal.

  • Bell peppers
  • Bok choy
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • Greens, such as kale or spinach
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini 

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Non Gassy Fruits in Small Amounts

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You will find that a number of fruits have a reputation for producing less gas. However, it's a good idea to eat them in moderation.

There is a limit to how much fruit-based carbohydrate your body can absorb at any given time. The more fruits you eat—even of these less gassy options—the higher your chances are of experiencing unwanted gas from these fruits:

  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Clementine
  • Grapes
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

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Fermented Foods Are Perfect

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The bacteria which is naturally found in fermented foods like yogurt has already taken care of the carbohydrates your gut would otherwise have to ferment. This frees your intestines from having to do all that work, which lowers the chance of gas.

As an extra benefit, that same bacteria is also good for the overall health of your gut. You really cannot go wrong with one of these choices.

  • Fermented vegetables
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Yogurt (without added sugars)

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The Least Gassy Grains

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You may be surprised to learn that there are certain carbohydrates in wheat products that can contribute to gas. Because of this, the following choices are better options for the times when you just do not want to deal with gas.

  • Gluten-free bread
  • Rice bread
  • Oats
  • Rice, brown or white
  • Quinoa

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Non Gassy Snack Options

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Along with the non-gassy vegetables and fruits, there are other good snack choices you can enjoy for a quick bite.

Among those are nuts, but not every nut is reliable. Try to limit yourself to macadamia, pecans, and walnuts. You're also going to be pretty safe if you nibble on some cheese. For this, stick with cheddar, mozzarella, or swiss.

A Word From Verywell

Unfortunately, as you can see, the safe food list is a little limited. That makes it less than ideal as a daily meal plan, so these suggestions should be used only on occasion when it's most important to be gas-free. 

If you tend to deal with intestinal gas and bloating on a regular basis, you may want to look into the low FODMAPs diet. It has scientific backing for identifying foods that contribute to these specific problems.

Sources:

Gibson P, Shepherd S. Evidence-based dietary management of functional gastrointestinal symptoms: The FODMAP approach. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2010;25:252-258.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) Gas in the Digestive Tract. 2016.

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