Whenever the Nigerian air is polluted from a disturbed bowel, the first suspect will be the person who ate beans or anything made from beans; akara, moi-moi or beans pie.
This is because it is believed that beans contain so much proteins that the body can not all absorb. This is true, whether baked, cooked or fried, beans has a high content of raffinose which is hardly digested by the body, it is also rich in soluble fiber that can slow down digestion.
It is therefore very important to minimize the quantity of beans consumed, and also watch the combinations we do with beans. However, there are other foods aside beans that can trouble the tummy and make someone release gas. These foods can be avoided, especially when you find yourself in public.
Foods That Can Make You Disgrace Yourself In Public
1. Starchy Foods
A typical Nigerian cannot stay for two days without eating rice, amala, eba, processed wheat or starch. These starchy foods contain carbohydrates which often lead to intestinal gases when decomposed.
The worst are the products containing wheat. Eating other starchy foods like corn and potatoes can also lead to bloating, unlike rice for example, which seems to be harmless in this regard.
2. Soft Drinks
An average Nigerian takes a bottle of chilled soft drink every day, and this might be that reason why your stomach rumbles. Most soft drinks contain synthetic sweeteners and also gas. If you want to avoid embarrassing yourself in public with gassing and belching, then try taking natural drinks instead, such as orange or pineapple juice, they can actually ease digestion and make the process less stressful.
Cereals are made of grains and wheat and can cause bloating due to the high amount of soluble fibers it contains. But if you want to eat them for their many benefits, try to include it in your diet gradually and consume it in limited quantities. If you notice it doesn’t make you release gas, then you can increase the intake by just a little. This also applies to pap and custard.
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Tea is one regular breakfast for most Nigerians and of course, every cup of tea contains milk. Milk and other dairy products contain lactose, which can be difficult to digest when the body does not have enough lactate, the enzyme that assimilates lactose. This can cause excessive intestinal gas for some people, especially lactose intolerant people. If you are one, reduce your intake of milky foods at all costs, else you will be staying in the toilet most of the times.
Egg yolks and whole eggs store significant amounts of protein and choline and are widely eaten by Nigerians. Egg roll, noddles, fried yam and plantain are often eaten alongside either boiled or fried egg, and due to the high protein content in eggs it makes the stomach bloat.
Aside that, there are some other potential health issues arising from eating egg with poor quality and storage. It could make you fart a lot or trigger allergies in some individuals.
Groundnut is a high source of protein and when eaten in excess can irritate the bowels. It doesn’t matter what type of groundnut you eat or how it was made, all groundnuts contain similar protein components. From Bambara groundnut, Hausa groundnut, Peanut or even peanut butters, these nuts/nut-made products usually induce gassing.
7. Fruits Containing Sorbitol
Some fruits contain a type of sugar called sorbitol, which is also a cause of excess gassing. Some of these fruits are plums, apples, peaches and pear, they contain soluble fiber which is very likely to produce gas once it reaches the large intestines. Reduce how you take these fruits if possible or/and drink a lot of water after eating them.
Fried rice and Salad is a favorite dish for Nigerians, especially on Sundays and during ceremonies. The vegetables used for this meal are widely cultivated, with many variety such as green peas, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, onions, and others.
Veggies contain sugar and can cause intestinal gas after digestion. Also, onions contains fructose, a sugar type which is not digested easily by the body. While asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts contain raffinose, which is also associated with the appearance of gases. Avoid eating these vegetables raw.
8. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Nigerian kids love chocolate a lot, and it contains high-fructose corn syrup. This is a type of sweetener added to several processed foods, including cereal and chocolate bars. In addition, it is also found in sauces (especially in barbeque sauce) and salad dressings. Lovers of corn syrup who want to avoid bloating and intestinal gases should replace it with home-made ones.
Nigerians are used to eating with so much proteins; beef, fish, kpomo, shaki and the rest of other condiments. This is good and healthy, but not very healthy when eaten in excess. These protein-rich foods can also cause problems to the stomach. This is because the body takes time to digest such, giving bacteria more time to form inside the stomach, and this leads to the appearance of gases. In addition, meat also contains sulfur, a substance which has the ability to worsen the smell of farts.
10. Chewing Gum
Surprisingly, chewing sugary gums and candies is harmful to the stomach. This happens mainly because each time you chew gum, you swallow a bit of air along with it. The air fills the stomach and causes bubbles which are released gradually through the anus.
Note that excessive production of gas may also occur as a result of other factors like swallowing too much air along with inappropriate foods and also diet changes.