Radish is a cruciferous vegetable that’s not only appreciated for its flavor, but for the numerous health benefits it offers. It has the ability to fight urinary disorders and increase immunity to diseases. However, many people are a little bit worried that this veggie might cause them gas. So, they get skeptical on whether to consume it or not. I wrote this post so we can find out if radishes can truly cause gas.
Bloating usually gets to happen when you eat a food that has the ability to cause you gas. Foods such as beans and onions are well-known vegetables that cause gas.
While passing out gas or farting is a little bit embarrassing, it is important to keep in mind that farting is actually normal. Everybody farts. But then, if it happens that you fart for more than 30-40 times daily, it means that you are bloated.
It is said that an average person farts about 14-30 times daily. That’s a lot. I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t fart as much. However, you should consider yourself normal even if you do.
A bloated person usually passes out gas for more than 40 times everyday, which tends to have a very offensive or foul smell. This gas normally gets accompanied by noises from the stomach, and usually stomach discomfort.
Does radish cause gas and bloating?
Yes, radish just as most other members of the cabbage family, leads to gas in the stomach. This is due to their richness in dietary fiber, which is a little bit hard to digest in the human gut. When we eat large amount of fiber, it passes through our gut undisturbed until it reaches the large intestine, where our intestinal flora acts on it to produce a lot of gas in the process.
Apart from fiber, radish also contains fructans. And unfortunately for the humans, they lack the enzyme that’s required to break down fructans. So, they tend to produce a lot of gas in our digestive tract. Due to this, radishes fall into the category of foods to avoid on a FODMAPs diet.
FODMAPs stand for Fermentable Oligosacharides Disacharides, Monosacharides And Polyols. They are shortchain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine (1). They have the potential to cause bloating, and digestive discomfort.
Radishes can cause gas when eaten in large amounts due to their richness in fiber. To control this effect, you might want to avoid eating them in large quantities, and only go for regulated amounts. Also, food-pairing is a great way to reduce the gas this veggie can cause you.
Note: Foods that cause gas in one person might not cause gas in another. This is because our body systems are a little bit different and reacts to foods in different ways. So, the best way to know if a food can cause you gas is to consume it in adequate amounts.
If you find any food to cause you gas, you can follow the trick of reducing the quantity you eat. If that doesn’t help, you should then do your best to avoid it, as no food is worth suffering for.