Peas: Do they cause Gas and Bloating?


Many people love eating peas. If it happens you are one of them, then you might want to know whether this legume is one of the culprit of your gas and bloating problems. While peas are rich in nutrients and have a lot of health benefits, they may be at the forefront of your gas issue. Do peas really make you gassy? Let’s find out!

While farting or flatulence is normal (yep! everyone fart), it becomes very embarrassing if you do so excessively, especially when the gas you release has an offensive or foul smell. It is estimated that an average person farts anywhere between 14-30 times per day, and releases about 500-2000mL of gas daily.

That’s a lot if you ask me. I personally don’t fart as much. But, even if you do, you can keep your head high as a normal person. But the moment you find yourself farting for more than 30-40 times per day, then you are bloated. This means you are now left with the task of identifying your gas culprit from your diet, and eliminate it.

Most nutritionists recommend the food-symptom log technique when you want to check the effect of a food on your body system. The process requires time however. It involves eliminating most foods from your diet, and then starting to eat these foods one after the other, while carefully observing and taking note of the symptom each food causes you. Like this, you will be able to identify your gas culprit.


Do peas cause gas and bloating?

Yes, peas can cause gas. This can be attributed to their richness in fiber and some indigestible oligosaccharides. Fiber is hard to digest in the human gut. In order for this fiber to be broken down, the bacteria residing in our intestines will have to act upon it. This causes the production of a lot of gas.

Apart from fiber, the oligosaccharides present in peas are also hard to digest in humans, as we lack the enzyme required to break down these sugars into smaller pieces for absorption. However, the flatulence caused by legumes like peas usually don’t get as smelly as the one caused by vegetables that contain sulphur compounds. So, if your gas has an offensive smell, then it’s likely you ate one of the high-sulfur veggies.

It is important to note that peas cause large amount of gas in babies. So, it is best they avoid this legume.


Peas can cause intestinal gas and bloating. Its high fiber and oligosaccharides content are responsible for this property. To reduce the gas caused by peas, you should consider reducing the quantity you eat. You can also adopt better food-pairing strategies.

Another important tip is to reduce the amount of air you allow into your stomach. Although ingested air is usually eliminated via burping, some percentage actually sips into the intestines and add to the volume of your gas.

To reduce air intake, you should consider eating more slowly, and avoid talking while eating. Acts such as smoking are also believed to add air into gut.

By Abbati

Abbati studied Biological sciences at Ahmadu Bello Univeristy, Zaria. He loves learning about the medicinal properties of foods, and the need to explore them!


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