5 Summer Foods That Cause Bloating [Details]

Rucuss staffJune 7, 2015

Nothing’s worse than feeling bloated and having to fit into a bathing suit during the summer months.

Foods such as bacon, cold cuts, pickles, canned soups and many other snacks are very high in sodium. Sodium causes our bodies to trap excess water and bloat! So its important to beware of these high-sodium foods, especially in the spring and summer.

Eat This Not That has compiled a list of the five summer foods that cause bloating. Check out the list below.

trail mix

Trail Mix

The Culprits: Salt and fructose

To the untrained eye, a bag of trail mix seems like a waist-friendly beach snack. It’s filled with satiating nuts and bits of fiber-filled fruit, so it’s got to be far better than chips and pretzels, right? Unfortunately, not so much. Like the chips and pretzels, most trail mixes are loaded with salt, a nutrient that attracts water like a magnet, causing water retention and bloat. And for those who have trouble absorbing fructose, the dried fruit in the mix only makes matters worse. Even if you don’t consider yourself sensitive to the natural sugar, it’s better to steer clear when you’re baring it all on the beach. University of Kansas research suggests that nearly 50 percent of people experience gas from fructose.

Eat This! Instead: Unsalted nuts and fruits that banish bloat are both tasty, flat-belly alternatives.

ice cream

Ice Cream

The Culprit: Lactose

The sand is as hot as a griddle and your throat as dry as the dessert. Then, through the hot wavy air, you see it: an ice cream truck pulling into the parking lot. It’s possible to indulge in a scoop or two without blowing your diet, but if you really want your abs to pop, you may want to reconsider indulging in something creamy. Dairy lactose can cause bloating, gas and stomach discomfort even if you aren’t particularly intolerant of the sugar.

Eat This! Instead: Popsicle Pop Ups. They’re a ubiquitous summer staple that’s low in sugar (10 g) and calories (80-90). We also love these 10 other frozen desserts for weight loss.

strawberry daiquiri

Mixed Drinks

The Culprits: Alcohol, fructose and artificial sweeteners

As the mercury rises, so does the availability of booze, making it all the more difficult to fight the urge to indulge. But if you want to look your best in your swim gear, just say no. Alcohol’s diuretic effect can cause water retention and bloat, and if you indulge in something sugary like a pina colada, your body will also produce a gas to aid its digestion. And ordering a “skinny” version your favorite umbrella-topped drink is just as dangerous: To cut calories, bartenders and booze producers fill these beverages with hard-to-digest artificial sweeteners, which cause the belly to swell up like a pufferfish.

Eat This! Instead: If you’re craving something fruity in your cup, mix up a pitcher of detox water and bring it along to the beach.

nutrition bars

Nutrition Bars

The Culprits: Oligosaccharides and artificial sweeteners

Since everything at the beach burger joint has been given the fryer treatment, you throw a few nutrition bars in your bag before heading out the door. If you’re looking to slim down long-term, this is a smart move. But if you’re looking to keep your tummy tight on the beach, you won’t be a fan of what these snacks do to your bod. Most bars turn to gas-inducing soy isolate to amp up the protein count, and like other beans, soy contains oligosaccharides, sugar molecules the body struggles to break down. With nowhere to go, oligosaccharides hang out in your stomach, causing uncomfortable pressure and bloat.

Eat This! Instead: For lunch, enjoy some honeydew melon–a naturally diuretic fruit–and a bed of spinach salad topped with grilled chicken. The green superfood, while filling, is one of the few salad starters that doesn’t cause bloating.

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