Does Corn Give You Gas and Bloating?


As a staple food in many parts of the world, corn or maize has many health benefits such as preventing cancer and aiding weight loss. People appreciate them for their taste and versatility of use, as they can be prepared and made into several kinds of dishes and snacks. However, many people do complain of bloating after eating this grain. Does corn really cause gas? Well, let’s find out!

Before we go on, I would like to update you on some few facts about flatulence caused by bloating. When you get bloated, you tend to be releasing gas very frequently, usually more than 30 times a day and can be with a very offensive or foul smell.

While farting or passing out wind can be very embarrassing, going more than 40 rounds a day can be even more dreading. It’s actually normal to fart; everybody does so. It is estimated that an average person farts about 14 times a day, and releases anything between 500-2000mL of gas per day.

Well, that’s a lot of fart if you ask me. I personally don’t fart as much. But if you do, be rest assured that you are normal, as some normal people can go more than 25 farts a day. However, the moment you find yourself farting for more than 30-40 times a day, it means you are bloated. This means you need to find the culprit of your gas, perhaps in your everyday diet, and eliminate it.


Does corn cause gas?

Yes, corn causes gas, especially when consumed in large quantities. This is due to the high starch content it contains. So, when you eat corn, the starch in it will have to be broken down in the large intestine. A process that produces a lot of gas which leads to bloating and flatulence.

It is important to note that almost all starchy food materials cause gas. The only starchy food that doesn’t cause gas is rice. Others such as potatoes, pasta, and bread are all culprits of gas formation.

Apart from starch, corn is rich in cellulose, a type of fiber that the human gut finds hard to break down. Due to this, the fiber in corn passes through digestive system undisturbed, until it reaches the large intestine, where bacteria will act upon it to cause the production of a lot of gas.

Does popcorn cause gas?

Yes, popcorn causes gas. Eating popcorn alone can make you swallow small chunks or bits of air, which can accumulate in your stomach to cause gas. Although ingested gas usually gets eliminated via burping, a small percentage still sips into the intestine, and will have to be eliminated via the other way round.

Also, popcorn is quite rich in fiber. And as we have seen above, fiber is one of the major causes of gas in food materials. Indigestion from the fiber materials in popcorn may lead to stomach pains and discomfort.


Corn, especially when eaten in large amounts can lead to gas and bloating. The high starch and fiber content in this grain are responsible for its gas-production ability. In order to reduce the possibility of corn making you bloated, you can reduce the quantity you consume. You can also focus on food-pairing, and only eat it with foods that don’t cause gas.

Generally, our body systems react to food in different ways. So, what causes gas in your system might not cause gas in someone else’s body. So, the best way to find out is to give a food “a try”. If it unfortunately causes you gas, you avoid it, if not, then you’re good to go.

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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