Stomach bloating affects most people at some point in their lifetime, according to the NHS. But you could avoid feeling bloated by avoiding apples, it’s been claimed.
Bloating can make the stomach feel swollen, hard, and it’s generally quite uncomfortable.
Your bloating pain may be caused by eating certain gassy foods, or by eating too fast or too much.
But one of the best and easiest ways to limit your risk of bloating is to avoid eating too many apples.
Apples have been claimed to trigger stomach pain in some people, as they contain high amounts of fibre.
Fibre is one of the worst culprits for stomach bloating, according to nutritionist Adda Bjarnadottir.
It’s not easily digested, and just sits in the large intestine being fermented.
Bacteria use the undigested fibre as a source of food, which subsequently produces gas in the process.
The added gas in the stomach begins to accumulate, which can leave some people feeling bloated.
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“Apples are among the most popular fruits in the world,” she wrote on medical website Healthline.
“However, apples have also been known to cause bloating and other digestive issues for some people.
“The culprits are fructose and the high fibre content. Fructose and fibre can both be fermented in the large intestine, and may cause gas and bloating.
“Cooked apples may be easier to digest than fresh ones.”
Meanwhile, if you do develop stomach bloating, you could relieve your pain by drinking ginger tea, it’s been claimed.
If you have powdered ginger, between one quarter and one half of a teaspoon should be enough to provide you with the benefits.
Herbal teas in general have anti-spasmodic properties, which help to avoid stomach bloating.
They also have carminative effects, which essentially means that they relieve trapped wind.
You could also lower your risk of stomach bloating by avoiding swallowing air, or by keeping your mouth closed while eating.
Speak to a doctor if your bloating symptoms don’t go away, said the NHS.
It could be caused by something more serious, including ovarian or bowel cancer.
While stomach pain is unlikely to be caused by a type of cancer, it’s always worth getting it checked by a medical professional.