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My boyfriends says I am not allowed to eat fiber anymore.

TMI right?

I always eat a lot of fiber but I don't usually get the 35 grams in a day. But over the last few days I have and wow have I had bad gas. I've noticed when I eat anything that has chickory root extract in it (ie fiberone products, also a lot more of things are coming out with it) I get uncontrollable gas. But mostly I get my fiber from whole grains fruits and some veggies. I would think if I got 90% from fruits and veggies it would be ok.

Anyways what do you do to control this? I'm not giving up the fiber but I don't want to have constant gas!


Wed. Mar 19, 9:34pm

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Try Beano! You take it before eating veggies and other gas-inducing things and it's supposed to help.
I've also squeezed lemon or lime onto my veggies, water, and salads and it seems to help. Or maybe I just hope so. :) Good luck!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 9:39 PM

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TMI

- beano is good

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 9:40 PM

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OP here

Beano doesn't really help me.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:33 AM

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Once your body becomes accustomed to all that fiber, you won't have so much gas. Until then, like the above posters said, try Beano.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 7:36 AM

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Try Salba. It is high in fibre and does not give you gas or bloating at all. You can get it at the Bulk Barn or order it online. It has tons of other health benefits too.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 9:18 AM

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I've tried beano, it doesn't help me either. Yes, it helps so I don't have gas pains but I'm still passing gas. Also, I've been doing between 30 to 35 grams of fiber a day for the last 6 mos and the gas hasn't decreased. Also, no, if I get it just from fruits and veg I STILL have that darn gas problem!

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 9:40 AM

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Your boyfriend would love my wife. She is the fart natzi.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:29 PM

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I think it is a matter not only of increasing fiber gradually, but of learning what your body reacts badly to.

I am a vegetarian and get a TON of fiber -- well over the recommendations, but I cannot eat dried fruit. I don't know what it is about dried fruit specifically, but even cookies with raisins in them give me awful-smelling gas. No problem with grapes, go figure! And no problem with virtually unlimited fiber from other sources.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:36 PM

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Oh I went through something similar w/ my boyfriend. I started eating healthier (including much more fiber) in late december. My valentine's day card from my boyfriend was a cartoon about being so comfortable around each other we can fart in front of each other. (I didn't find it as funny as he did)
Dried fruit gives a lot of people gas - i wonder what it is about it??

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 1:32 PM

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I don't think I can quickly find it, but there is an old thread about gas somewhere in the community archive here with links to several good articles from respectable sources. Here's what I can recollect.
Different remedies work for different causes. Beano helps you break down specific kinds of complex sugars like raffinose that can cause gas. Many kinds of beans contain these, maybe other things do too, I don't know. But if your problem comes from another cause, it won't be any help.
Things containing simethicone work for some gas. I think Gas-X was mentioned as one of these.
Lactose intolerance can cause gas, when you take in lactose. Acidophilus might help, or just plan avoidance.
I don't know what is in chicory, or what specifically helps with that, but maybe you can find more information on that. It seems to matter.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 3:08 PM

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I have the same problem with Fiber one granola bars (and others) with chicory root. So I've attributed specifically to that because I can eat fiber many other ways and not be affected. One of my main things is Fiber one cereal (raisin bran clusters to be specific). It has 11 g per serving and I often eat 1.5 servings in the morning. No chicory root and absolutely NO gas problems. You might try it either for breakfast or snack.

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 5:52 PM

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