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May 12

Experts Say You Should Avoid This Beverage At All Costs If You Struggle With Chronic Bloating – SheFinds

If you struggle with chronic bloating, you may have tried many remedies, supplements, and diet changes to keep it at bay. While certain foods and beverages are known to ease bloating and other digestive issues, its also important to pay attention to the things youre consuming that may be worsening the problem. In fact, theres one surprising drink that may be contributing to your chronic bloating.

To learn more about the worst beverages to avoid if you struggle with bloating, we spoke to health experts Lisa Richards, nutritionist and creator of the Candida Diet and dietitian Marie Murphy, CEO of MEM Nutrition and Wellness. Both Richards and Murphy pointed us towards one drink in particular: diet soda.

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If you're trying to shed a few pounds, you may reach for diet soda as your go-to beverage in an attempt to cut down on your daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, though, Murphy and Richards say this drink is a major culprit of bloating. That means your efforts to lose weight may quickly be thwarted if you regularly drink it.

So, how exactly does this beverage lead to bloating? For one thing, it contains carbonation. "Carbonated beverages contribute to bloating by trapping gas in the intestines," Murphy explains.

But it isn't just the carbonation that causes this issue. While any carbonated beverage can lead to bloating, Murphy and Richards warn that diet soda is the worst for one other reason: the artificial sweeteners it contains. Richards says these sweeteners "cause gastrointestinal irritation and bloating along with reducing the healthy gut bacteria." And when our gut gets low on all that healthy bacteria, it isn't able to fight bloating as well.

Murphy echoes the same warning: "The artificial sweeteners in these drinks are gut disruptors, which decrease the good bacteria in our guts and increase the bad ones," she says. "When these bad bacteria are present in the gut, we get more gas and bloating." Yikes!

As far as the worst sweeteners to avoid, Richards says to keep an eye out for one in particular. "Sucralose is the most common culprit of gas and bloating," she says.

Additionally, Richards notes that the artificial sweeteners found in diet soda are linked to overeating, which can also lead to bloating. "Another side effect of artificial sweeteners is the likelihood that the consumer will overeat in the following meal," she says. That means if you want to avoid loading up on fatty snacks later in the day, it's probably best to skip the Diet Coke.

If you feel you can't kick your soda habit, we feel for you. Luckily, Murphy has some advice. "People trying to give up soda or diet soda should try adding flavor to plain water by infusing with fruits, such as lemon, orange or berries, and/or herbs and spices, such as mint, ginger, or sage," she says. Sounds delicious! And the best part? It won't lead to bloating.

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