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Constipation in Adults

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Bloating may arise from excessive gas production in the colon. Poor digestion of carbohydrates is frequently a cause of gas, since bacteria may ferment these carbohydrates within the colon.

Carbohydrates that are culprit because they can be indigestible include:

Lactose

This is the milk sugar found in dairy products. If you are lactose "intolerant," then you can't digest this carbohydrate easily.

Sweeteners

The carbohydrates mannitol, sorbitol, and fructose are added to many liquid medicines, health foods, juices, candies, and chewing gum.

Certain foods also contain fructose, including figs, dates, prunes, pears and grapes, onions, asparagus, artichokes, wheat, and dietetic cookies and cakes.

Cruciferous vegetables and legumes

The natural carbohydrates raffinose or stachyose are not digested well by humans. They are found in cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and beans.

Fiber can also cause gas, especially if it is increased rapidly in your diet or by supplements.

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