It’s widely acknowledged that fruits and vegetables are some of the most valuable additions to any healthy diet for weight loss. Packed with fiber to encourage gut health and loaded with vitamins and minerals to increase satiety and even promote a healthier immune system, there are more benefits to eating fruit than there are downsides. However, while generally a great contribution to your overall health, some fruits are more prone to causing gas retention and bloating than others.
Not actually causing weight gain, certain fruits can lead your body to hold onto water weight and gas, creating that uncomfortable and frustrating bloated feeling we all wish to avoid. If you’ve been struggling with chronic inflammation and are looking for little ways to adjust your diet which may provide some relief to your stomach, doctors agree that there are four fruits you should keep an eye out for which may be making your bloat worse.
Loaded with fiber and sorbitol as well, prunes are great for getting your digestive system moving when it becomes stopped up, but it can also cause an excess of bloat as a side effect. “Dried fruits like raisin and prunes are great to add natural sweetness to any dish but because they are high in sugar they can also cause fermentation in the gut which can lead to bloating,” says nutritionist Ashley Hawk. If you’ve been struggling with bloating due to constipation, prunes may actually be helpful in getting things going again, but in general they may cause an increase in gas as well.