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Q: What causes intestinal gas?

Posted September 18, 2013 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: Each time we swallow food or liquids, we also swallow a small amount of air from the atmosphere that passes into the stomach. Avoiding some types of food can help decrease intestinal gas. Here is a list of some foods and drinks that may increase the amount of gas produced:
• Vegetables: Onions, celery, carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage.
• Legumes: Beans, peas.
• Fruit: Raisins, bananas, apricots, prunes.
• Carbohydrates: Wheat-containing products.
• Liquids: Carbonated beverages, beer, red wine.
• Fatty foods: Pan-fried food, deep-fried food, fatty meats and gravies.
• Chewing gum.

GasX and Beano are two separate over-the-counter products that may help in reducing the frequency, intensity, and duration of intestinal gas symptoms. They may also help reduce the consequences of intestinal gas symptoms. Beano is available as tablets and as a meltaway. Beano should be taken while eating foods that may produce gas and is more helpful in preventing gas. GasX is available as soft gel, chewable and thin strips. GasX may be taken once the gas symptoms are experienced.

It is recommended to keep a dietary diary for a few days while tracking what foods you have eaten and your intestinal gas symptoms you experience. This will help you find out what types of food worsen your intestinal gas symptoms.

If you need help choosing a product for gas and discomfort, ask your pharmacist.

Answer provided by Hy-Vee Drugstore, 1541 S.E. Third St., Suite 100, 986-4527.

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