Certain foods are common causes of flatulence, and temporarily avoiding these foods can help you determine if they’re a problem for you. According to the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, the following foods are likely to cause gassiness:
- Dairy products, which contain sugar lactose that causes gas
- Vegetables, including onions, radishes, cabbage, celery, carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and legumes
- Fruit sugar, which is especially high in prunes, raisins, bananas, apples, apricots and fruit juices from prunes, grapes and apples
- Fatty foods and carbonated drinks
Additionally, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol may also cause flatulence.
Food manufacturers have begun to develop products that promise to not cause flatulence. For instance, in 2006 a flatulence-free manteca bean was grown in the UK.