Generally speaking, most people may think that beans, cabbage, brussels sprouts, milk, and bran are the main cause of gas. But most of us overlook a growing source of the problem: inulin, or chicory root extract. What are they? They are the ones that contain the most fibers. Inulin contains sugars that our digestive enzymes cannot break down. The enzymes do fine with saccharides, such as sucrose or table sugar which are both disaccharides. They can be later on be broken down into fructose and glucose in small intestine.
When it comes to oligosaccharides (three or more sugar units), our enzymes are not helpful at all. Those sugars end up to be food for bacteria in our guts. Inulin is quickly and completely fermented. As the bacteria finishing the fermentation, you will be left with the gift (gas) by them.
So just be mindful of how much intake of food with high fibers. Each person can be a little different. Generally speaking, we can take about up to 15 grams of inulin a day. If we go over that amount, gassy or bloating will be more likely to happen.
matty Hui, C.HT., C.M.T., MSAOM, D.D.
Matty Hui (a.k.a Lingfei) holds her B.S. degree in Holistic Science and M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Furthermore, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D studies in Eastern and Western Medicine research.
K. Steinborn, C.Ht.
Karrie is a Pranic Healer, a Hypnotherapist, and an ordained minister. She also uses her own life experience to help guide the others through the process of growth and change regardless if it is using hypnosis or energy work.
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