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Finding only meat works with my body? Plant foods give me gas? Is it wise to think foods that cause gas shouldn't be eaten?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I'm just curious what you guys think of the concept of food causing gas. Do you feel a particular food should be avoided once it is discovered this food causes you gas?

Instead of looking at how I should be eating as simply "all meat" or "low carb veggies and meat no fruit" I'm trying to find out what foods are causing me gas and removing those. I think I'm finding it's only meat that keeps me gas-free but it seems to be of the opinion around here that a carnivorous diet (non-dairy) is not healthy long-term. Is there any advice you could give me for removing foods that cause gas? Is that a silly reason to stop eating something?

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on September 02, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Yes, gas is normal - it is a by-product of our processing of food in our guts. It shouldn't hurt or be excessive. Excessive is being in a state where gas buildup is constant, and flatulence happens so often that working with others and being in social situations are places where embarrassing moments are unavoidable. If you just get gassy a few times a day, or less, then you are good. It's totally normal! Everybody burps and farts - even the paleo gods!

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on September 01, 2013
at 07:51 AM

thank you! no nothing is discomforting or painful! i've just been obsessively eliminating foods that i believe to be the source of gas. i guess i was aiming to get to a state of zero gas because i had this thought any food causing gas means it's not working for you. is it really normal to experience light gas after any food? maybe i'm overanalyzing

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on September 01, 2013
at 12:27 AM

Matt, why would you say that? My gas get trapped in my large intestine - mostly the ascending colon - and causes MASSIVE problems for me. Extreme discomfort.

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on September 01, 2013
at 12:12 AM

One problem with the high meat diet is constipation. Normally fruits and vegetables alleviate that, but if you can't digest them you're in a tough spot. Maybe seed hulls - like the flax - would work well. You might try sesame or poppy seeds too.

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on August 31, 2013
at 11:58 PM

In the world of chemistry it's still considered impolite, technically.

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on August 31, 2013
at 11:53 PM

I was a chemistry major. The labs and lecture halls didn't smell any better, and the noise complemented the terrible lectures. The places I've worked since then have been a cornucopia of stinks too.

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on August 31, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Gas is only a problem when you have gas generation too high up in the GI tract (i.e. small intestine).

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on August 31, 2013
at 03:39 PM

For some people, gas doesn't move through them easily and causes incredibly discomfort and pain. Gas is THE biggest problem in my life. I'm on sleeping meds because of the discomfort at night. So a No Fart Diet is not dainty to me... it would change my life.

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on August 31, 2013
at 02:07 PM

thanks joanna. please let me know what you think of my question of if a food is causing me gas is this something i should logically be concerned with? for example if i DID end up eating just meat to avoid the gas is this doing something unnecessary? i don't even know if experiencing gas is really a problem, i just know i don't like experiencing it and would rather avoid it. kind of caught in a tough position here thanks

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on August 31, 2013
at 11:36 AM

I dont think an all meat diet is a bad idea. I get very backed up from plant foods do i eat one a few servings a day now. I include kefir and whey as well but generally stick to loads of protein/ fat from meat for my calories.

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on August 31, 2013
at 10:57 PM

The fart protocol, as far as the social etiquette side is concerned (as separate from dietary considerations), is to go outside of any occupied fixed structure.

This I learned from a social occasion back in school. Three of us were standing around a billiards table in a cavernous recreational hall, otherwise devoid of people. One guy walks away 30 feet, for no apparent reason. I do not take notice. He walks back. The third guy spurts out, "Who farted?" Second guy apologizes, explaining that he thought to have made sufficient distance.

The explanation, which I later encountered in Physics 101, is that fart molecules air molecules move at a velocity of 500 m/s at room temperature, or 1100 miles per hour. I.e., particles that had just passed through second guy's rectum went up third guy's nostrils almost instantaneously.

Diffusion functions aside, the moral of the story is that it's safer to do it outside.

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on August 31, 2013
at 11:53 PM

I was a chemistry major. The labs and lecture halls didn't smell any better, and the noise complemented the terrible lectures. The places I've worked since then have been a cornucopia of stinks too.

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(10611)

on August 31, 2013
at 11:58 PM

In the world of chemistry it's still considered impolite, technically.

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on August 31, 2013
at 03:00 PM

I also get uncomfortable gas from pretty much any form of carb - veg, fruit, grain, nuts, etc. Especially high-FODMAP foods. Meat and fat don't ferment in the bowel like carbs do when they break down so they aren't generally gassy. However, I don't consider this normal - bodies should be able to break down at least some form of carbs. So if I were you I'd try to figure out WHY you are gassy: SIBO, leaky gut, parasite, candidate etc, IBS, celiac etc. For a gut-healing Paleo protocol look at:
http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/digestive-health-with-REAL-food-the-community.html

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on September 01, 2013
at 12:27 AM

Matt, why would you say that? My gas get trapped in my large intestine - mostly the ascending colon - and causes MASSIVE problems for me. Extreme discomfort.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on August 31, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Gas is only a problem when you have gas generation too high up in the GI tract (i.e. small intestine).

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on September 01, 2013
at 01:58 AM

Two things in particular have personally helped me. Firstly, limiting foods with a high "fermentation potential", see "Fast Tract Digestion Heartburn" By Norman Robillard and his website. Second, probiotics taken daily, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum together seem to do the trick. As always, your mileage may vary, and keep experimenting until you find what works best for you. Good luck!

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on September 01, 2013
at 12:41 AM

Gas is a by product of digestion - excessive gas is a problem. If you are removing foods because you are experiencing a bit of gas before a bowel movement, then you are going overboard - but if you have stomach pain and gas all day long, then you wouldn't be overreacting to investigate and remove possible offenders. Some gas is normal. So much gas that you have physical pain and are socially uncomfortable is another story.

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on September 01, 2013
at 07:51 AM

thank you! no nothing is discomforting or painful! i've just been obsessively eliminating foods that i believe to be the source of gas. i guess i was aiming to get to a state of zero gas because i had this thought any food causing gas means it's not working for you. is it really normal to experience light gas after any food? maybe i'm overanalyzing

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on September 02, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Yes, gas is normal - it is a by-product of our processing of food in our guts. It shouldn't hurt or be excessive. Excessive is being in a state where gas buildup is constant, and flatulence happens so often that working with others and being in social situations are places where embarrassing moments are unavoidable. If you just get gassy a few times a day, or less, then you are good. It's totally normal! Everybody burps and farts - even the paleo gods!

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on August 31, 2013
at 02:40 PM

Meat gives me gas but I still eat it. The idea of a No Fart Diet sounds dainty. Not something you would eat in a cave.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on August 31, 2013
at 03:39 PM

For some people, gas doesn't move through them easily and causes incredibly discomfort and pain. Gas is THE biggest problem in my life. I'm on sleeping meds because of the discomfort at night. So a No Fart Diet is not dainty to me... it would change my life.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on September 01, 2013
at 12:12 AM

One problem with the high meat diet is constipation. Normally fruits and vegetables alleviate that, but if you can't digest them you're in a tough spot. Maybe seed hulls - like the flax - would work well. You might try sesame or poppy seeds too.

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