As more and more people are realizing the importance of healthy eating, many of us have discovered that some of the same foods that are so good for us can often cause gas, bloating, and considerable discomfort. When bloating and discomfort happens because of eating vegetables, legumes, grains, cereals, nuts, and seeds — which contain complex carbohydrates — we call this condition Complex Carbohydrate Intolerance CCI. CCI occurs because we lack the enzyme necessary to digest complex carbohydrates. There is little gas production in the small intestine because the bacterial concentration is low. When the undigested carbohydrates reach the colon, the bacteria that normally live in the colon ferment them. This fermentation often results in the production of gas — similar to the production of bubbles in the fermenting of grapes into champagne. The buildup of gas in the colon results in discomfort, bloating, and sometimes pain. Many people do not know what Complex Carbohydrate Intolerance is and therefore do not know how to treat it effectively. Fortunately, there is a product that can help prevent the symptoms of CCI by providing the missing enzyme needed to fully digest foods containing complex carbohydrates.
The abdomen can become distended when more gas is produced. Which foods cause gas? The best way to know is to talk to your doctor, since many bloat-inducing conditions linked to carbs need professional testing, diagnosis and treatment. If you’re missing the enzyme required to break it down, though, that digestive process won’t work properly, and bacteria start to break down the partially digested carbs in your gut. You could also go in for probiotic foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, which are delicious on top of helping your gut bacteria grow! Let nutrient-dense foods rule. Points to remember Everyone has gas in the digestive tract.
Author: Liz Weinandy, RD. Most of us have heard of people being lactose- or gluten-intolerant, but your body can have trouble tolerating other carbs as well. In some people, eating even small amounts of certain carbs can cause bloating, fatigue, abdominal cramps, poor digestion and heartburn. What exactly is carbohydrate intolerance? When someone consumes more carbohydrate than their body can tolerate, two things happen. The pancreas secretes an overabundance of insulin, which makes your body very efficient at storing fat. Then, the liver takes in all the extra carbohydrate your bloodstream cannot utilize and turns it into fat stores. An initial approach might be to make sure your portions of carb foods, including milk and yogurt, fruit, starchy vegetables, and whole grains, are reasonable. Each person has a different metabolism, and low-carbohydrate diets work very well for some people.