Barley: Does it cause Gas, bloating and Stomach upset?


Barley grains have been gaining a lot of popularity over the past years. This is due to the numerous health benefits they can offer. They are rich sources of fiber, minerals, and many vitamins. However, there a lot of complains that this grain causes stomach upset and bloating. But do they really cause gas and stomach upset? Well, let’s find out!

But before we go there, you might want to know how many times an average person farts daily. Of course, this will give you an insight of whether you are bloated or not. Several reports have shown that an average person farts about 14-30 times daily, as the intestine releases anything between 500-2000mL of gas, daily.

That’s a lot. I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t fart that much per day. But you can consider yourself normal even if you do. However, the moment you find yourself farting for more than 30-40 times daily, it means you are bloated.

When you get bloated, gas continuously fills up your belling, and cause you a lot of flatulence. When this happens to you, it is very likely that the culprit of your gas problems is in your diet. You might want to eliminate the food that’s causing you that amount of gas. But how can you do that?

In order to identify the culprit of your gas, you will need to carefully observe the foods you eat, and the symptom each food is causing you. We call this process a food-symptom log. Once you identify that food, you should eliminate it from your diet, or perhaps reduce the quantity you consume.


Does barley cause gas and bloating?

Of course, barley causes gas and makes you feel bloated. This is largely due to the high amounts of fiber it contains. Fiber is a little bit hard to digest in the human gut. It moves undisturbed through the small intestine until it reaches the large intestine, where bacteria acts upon it to produce a lot of gas.

Normally, the individuals that get bloated from the consumption of barley are those who are not used to eating a lot of fiber, or those who consume barley in large amounts.

Moreover, just like wheat, barley contains gluten. This can cause a lot of problems to people who are intolerant to gluten, as it can lead to a stomach upset.


Barley causes gas, especially if you are not used to eating a lot of fiber. However, it is worth noting that foods cause gas differently in humans. So, what gives you gas might not cause another person gas. This is because our body systems are little bit different, and so reacts to food material in different ways.

If you love barley, and it’s making you gassy, you might want to reduce the quantity you it. This reduces the total amount of fiber you take into your body system. You can also try eating a refined barley, like scotch or pearl.

If the above still doesn’t help, you should consider replacing barley with foods like brown rice, oats, or quinoa, or better still, avoid eating barley. Yep! No food is worth suffering for.

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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