When you dive into a fruit salad or chomp your way through an apple, you might pat yourself on the back for choosing the healthy, satisfying option instead of diving into a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream. But then…your pants feel tight. Um, WTH?
Listen up, ladies. It’s not you; it’s the fruit. While fruit is full of nutrients your body needs, some of those sweet, healthy treats can cause you to feel like you just devoured a tub of ramen noodles. Here’s why: Fruit is loaded with sugar, in particular fructose and sorbitol (a sugar alcohol), and both of those nutrients can cause gas and bloating. It’s also full of fiber—which, in addition to keeping your belly flat in the long term by moving your GI tract along, can be hard to digest and create gas as a result.
Though you shouldn’t nix these delish and nutrish fruits from your diet, you might want to take extra steps to avoid feeling puffy post-snack. Here, why some fruits make you prone to bloat—and how to deal.
Apples are loaded with antioxidants. In fact, a green apple contains more antioxidants than berries. But it may not be your belly’s favorite daily treat. This fruit is loaded fructose, or fruit sugar, which some people have a tough time digesting. So when their system starts to break down all that sugar, they feel gassy—as in unbuttoning-your-pants-at-your-desk level of gassy. If this sounds like you, try eating half the apple instead of the whole thing—and chew it slowly. Since you’re eating less fruit, you’ll reduce the amount of fructose you’re consuming. And taking your sweet time to chew gives your body more of an opportunity to digest the fiber-packed snack.