While cherries can be very nutritious and offer numerous health benefits to the human body, they have been associated with a number of digestive problems such as gas and bloating. Most of the healthiest foods in nature have side effects. So, you shouldn’t be surprised if cherries are at the forefront of your gas problems. Do these fruits really cause gas? Let’s find out!
Before we find out whether cherries make you fart often or not, let’s take a look at gas production or flatulence in humans.
Humans pass out gas or fart due to the gas that is produced in their digestive tract, and to some extent, the gas they take in. The gas that’s produced in the gut is as a result of digestion, usually when acid or bacteria acts on food materials.
On the other hand, humans take in gas into their gut especially when eating or drinking. However, most of the swallowed gas gets eliminated via burping, and only a small percentage sips into the intestines to cause flatulence.
So, everybody farts. Hence, there’s no point of getting embarrassed when you fart. However, you should be, if you are the type that farts in public. Besides, it’s definitely a poor etiquette.
Since passing out gas is normal, you might be wondering how many times a day is “normal”. According to several reports, an average normal human farts about 14-30 times daily. Some people have been reported to go as high as 40 rounds a day.
But the moment you find yourself farting for more than 40 times a day, it means there’s fire on the mountain: because you are bloated. If you are in this kind of situation, you should seek a medical attention, or examine your diet very carefully to identify the culprit of your gas problems.
Do cherries cause gas or bloating?
Yes, cherries are known to cause gas and bloating. And this is due to their richness in FODMAPs, which are sugars that are very difficult to digest.
The Acronym FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides , Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols (1). They are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, so, they pass on into the large intestine where bacteria ferment them to produce a lot of gas. This causes bloating.
Apart from these FODMAPs, cherries and fruits in general contain a significant amount of fiber. As already known, fiber is also difficult to digest in the human gut. So, it also passed undisturbed via the gut until it reaches the colon, where bacteria act upon it to cause the production of a lot of gas.
Cherries can make you bloated due to their richness in FODMAPs, and fiber. To reduce cherry-bloat, you might want to consider reducing the quantity you eat.
Only go for small amounts, and also chew them properly before swallowing. You should also consider trying out pickled or canned cherries. You might be surprised that you tolerate them better.
Finally, you should note that the human systems are a little bit different, and so, react to foods in different ways. This means what causes you gas might not make someone else gassy. In essence, you should always consume a food to find out if it really makes you bloated before eliminating it from your diet.