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Foul gas after eating any fruit or vegetable

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 07, 2013 at 7:49 AM

Dear community,

I have kinda odd problem. I'm on gluten free diet and lactose free diet for almost 3 years already but I still have problems with foul, excessive gas that smells like rotten eggs (additional symptom is bloating). All my blood results are great, I'm not overweight in fact I'm pretty skinny. I do however have mood swings and acne problems.

What is really odd in my case is that it mainly happens after eating fruits or vegetables -- basically all of them. The worst gas symptoms appear after eating bananas, grapes etc.

On the other hand after I eat some processed food for example a chocolate (even in high amounts, just for tests I do not eat sweets really) I don't experience any gas at all.

I am looking for diagnosis so far I have following things in mind: - SIBO - fructose intolerance

I was planning to take a round of xifaxan. I have already taken digestive enzymes, betaine HCL, candida clear and things like that they didn't help me at all. I have also done some skin tests and blood tests for food allergy and none was found.

Did anyone experience something similar?

A6651a2b6886cd35d161412587f504c2

on October 11, 2013
at 06:09 PM

My sensitivity is due due to damage from celiacs and then SIBO on top of it. It may go away if I heal, but I suspect fructose will always be a problem for me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 10, 2013
at 10:11 PM

Just so you know - that sensitivity to food does not just come up on its own. Something causes it. You can either eat low-fodmap for a long long time or try figuring out the cause and go for the cause.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on July 03, 2013
at 05:51 PM

over-cooked eggs (especially the yolk) and cruciferous vegetables increase the sulfur production in our intestines. Add to that 1/3 people produce higher quantities of methane than others and you get foul smells.

463e09e6e28c4f2591aaca88bf0c3cef

(248)

on June 09, 2013
at 07:07 PM

If ever you find a solution, please, share it. I would like to add that I ate a bowl of fruit salad today (apple, banana, kiwi, orange, in their juices only) and only suffered very minor bloat and no foul smells! I also hadn't eaten **any** fruit or sugar in the last 7 days... is that the key? Extreme moderation?

Bf9bb538f15bf0cdc291efb60920ed81

on June 08, 2013
at 10:23 AM

I refuse to accept that we are destined to suffer so should you. All the best.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on July 17, 2013
at 06:27 PM

Google FODMAPS....

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(246)

on October 10, 2013
at 09:10 PM

It's not paleo but even Chris Kresser recommends it, milk kefir, it will help you guaranteed, I've suffered with gas problems from bananas as well and whenever I would eat it with kefir the problem was drastically reduced, same with acne i've suffered with acne for over 10 years and even on paleo i was never completely clear until i introduced kefir I could even eat conventional dairy and i wouldn't break out, kefir completely changed my life, spread the word.

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8f6fa87923a58f0e65f6a05461050c65

on October 10, 2013
at 08:59 PM

I had a similar problem for weeks after starting Paleo. I started eating some sauerkraut daily and the problem disappeared. I was also have an issue with loose stools and that problem has disappeared as well.

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7370271933a675d7e7dc7e357a3d1209

on October 10, 2013
at 06:20 PM

Thank you all for your replies!! Really appreciate it and makes you feel less alone in this problem!

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A6651a2b6886cd35d161412587f504c2

on October 10, 2013
at 03:58 PM

Some people (like myself) have sensitivity to a variety of carbohydrates in food. It might help to do an elimination diet to see what's causing it. There's a book and website called, "IBS - Free at last," that has great information about the different types of classes of carbohydrates and how to isolate them. (The website has a more up to date list of foods.) I have major problems with both fructose and fructans (and lots of vegetables contain inulin, which is a fructan), so I'm constantly dealing with this problem. I hope that's helpful.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 10, 2013
at 10:11 PM

Just so you know - that sensitivity to food does not just come up on its own. Something causes it. You can either eat low-fodmap for a long long time or try figuring out the cause and go for the cause.

A6651a2b6886cd35d161412587f504c2

on October 11, 2013
at 06:09 PM

My sensitivity is due due to damage from celiacs and then SIBO on top of it. It may go away if I heal, but I suspect fructose will always be a problem for me.

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9a3e588924139a744a5a77cb43ee6a7f

on October 10, 2013
at 02:26 PM

most people have taken so many antibiotics and in doing so have ruined (eliminated) their good gut biota so that it can no longer do it's work of digesting foods. The gut needs to be repopulated with good biota to digest foods which evidently is not an easy thing to do ... I have been slowly and over a long time started using more and more diverse probiotic foods. It is not an instant solution. The only other solution I have heard about is doing a feces implant using healthy feces with a good colinization of good healthy gut bacteria. sounds gross I know but quicker positive results

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on October 10, 2013
at 11:53 AM

Sounds totally like SIBO. To rule it out, get a 3 hour methane-hydrogen test with lactulose. I had it, and I was cured.

Do not take xifaxan because you don't know what you have. I would wait till I got my test results. If you have methane producing bacteria, xifaxan is not enough, you would be just wasting your money away.

One more recommendation - get a stool complete DNA profile, including parasitology.

Good luck - you will figure it out sooner or later!

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7370271933a675d7e7dc7e357a3d1209

on October 10, 2013
at 11:36 AM

I was wondering how you are doing right now? Do you experience any change yet? Asking this as i have exactly the same problems. I already ate little fruits, but vegetables cause big problems now. Suffer from terrible gas and bloated belly. Like you, tried already so much, from fodmap, probiotic, gluten free etc. Nothing helped.

Have you tried digestion enzyms already?

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on July 03, 2013
at 06:00 PM

Some other ideas:

When fructose doesn’t get soaked right up into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall like it’s supposed to, it is shipped further down the bowels and gobbled up by hungry bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria eat they make by-products such as methane and hydrogen gas that cause bloating, cramping, gas, diarrhea, and wicked bad breath. In fact, there is a test for Fructose Malabsorption that measures the level of hydrogen in the breath. This is because the bad bacteria release hydrogen after digesting fructose which gets absorbed into the blood stream and removed by the lungs, finally expelled from the body through the breath.
http://scdlifestyle.com/2010/09/why-fructose-malabsorption-causes-gas-cramping-and-diarrhea-and-how-to-bea-it/
Stomach acid plays a key role in the digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fat. When food is eaten, the secretion of stomach acid (HCL) triggers the production of pepsin. Pepsin is the enzyme required to digest protein. If HCL levels are depressed, so are pepsin levels. As a result, proteins don’t get broken down into their component amino acids and peptides. These undigested proteins putrefy in the gut, and may cause gas, bloating, heartburn and other digestive issues.
http://chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-solutions-ii-its-all-about-the-gut
In the beginning, a lot of people don’t have enough stomach acid or enzymes to digest the hearty foods they’re now eating, especially the extra meat. It’s ok – that can be remedied. Protein is digested in part by hydrochloric acid (HCl) in your stomach. A lot of people don’t produce enough HCl when they first start eating Paleo because their bodies aren’t accustomed to all that protein. When you supplement with HCl and digestive enzymes for a while, your body often starts creating enough of those things on its own again. Without HCl and enzymes, your food just rots in your digestive system, causing bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, or gas. Here’s a blog post about how to supplement with HCl properly. Do not supplement HCl if you are on medication for heartburn or if you have a known ulcer.
http://www.paleoplan.com/2012/09-17/still-having-digestive-problems-while-eating-paleo/

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576dc803ed0dfa3616509e20f515d070

on July 03, 2013
at 05:40 PM

I also have the same kind of thing going on. Been messing around with my diet for years, as many of us do, except paleo has never been the Golden Ticket it was supposed to be.

I also have some annoying acne even though i shouldn't at my age and some other annoying niggling health issues, nothing serious so Doctors are mostly, basically, useless, in my case anyway.

I have also been gluten limited and completely free in the past [obvs as i tried paleo] but i never really noticed any change whatsoever. What's weird is i am sure my "Gas" symptoms got worse when i was gluten free.

Atm i am trying a low Salicylate / limited amine type thing and my Gas/farting/trooping/wmd's have gotten much, much, worse, to the point that it really isn't livable unless i avoid all people.

I'm pretty sure the culprit is all the brassicas i have been eating as this is basically all i can eat lol - cabbage and swede/rutabaga.

I haven't been eating any fruit really except the odd pealed pear. After becoming illogically paranoid over fructose and fructose malabsorption i have limited fruit for years now, but seeing as it made no real difference i did start to have the odd bit now and then again. Although in the past i am sure i have had some episodes of bloating, gas, discomfort related to fruit - melon and banana especially.

I have always wondered if farting [lower intestinal gas] was in anyway linked to acne and/or health in general.

Is farting good [for your health]?

I'm pretty sure upper intestinal gas [bloating] has to be bad just because of the discomfort involved.

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463e09e6e28c4f2591aaca88bf0c3cef

(248)

on June 07, 2013
at 07:13 PM

I have the same problem with all fruits (except bananas, strangely. I can handle one banana, even as often as once a day). I bloat up to the poing where I look preggo and then my husband starts yelling at me for the foul smells. :(

I've seen loads of doctors and they all tell me it's "in my head" (not always in so many words, some are more delicate than others). Seems like we're just destined to suffer.

Bf9bb538f15bf0cdc291efb60920ed81

on June 08, 2013
at 10:23 AM

I refuse to accept that we are destined to suffer so should you. All the best.

463e09e6e28c4f2591aaca88bf0c3cef

(248)

on June 09, 2013
at 07:07 PM

If ever you find a solution, please, share it. I would like to add that I ate a bowl of fruit salad today (apple, banana, kiwi, orange, in their juices only) and only suffered very minor bloat and no foul smells! I also hadn't eaten **any** fruit or sugar in the last 7 days... is that the key? Extreme moderation?

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