Bloating After Eating Certain Foods

What Causes Bloating After Eating Certain Foods?

Bloating after eating certain foods can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose bloating after eating certain foods, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bloating after eating certain foods" as a symptom.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Food Allergies
  • Poor Small Intestine Health
  • Increased Intestinal Permeability

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasional unexplained nausea
history of asthma
meal-induced pain for over a month
craving and eating wheat
refined white flour consumption
history of ovarian cysts
green stool color
regular painful urge to defecate
mild left iliac pain after meals
high cigarette smoke sensitivity
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bloating after eating certain foods:
Cause Probability Status
Increased Intestinal Permeability 96% Confirm
Poor Small Intestine Health 13% Unlikely
Lactose Intolerance 1% Ruled out
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 1% Ruled out
Food Allergies 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate occasional problems caused by eating, regular problems caused by eating or frequent problems caused by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If you ever feel bloated after eating a meal, do you find that only certain foods cause bloating?
Possible responses:
→ I don't experience bloating / don't know
→ Many foods cause bloating
→ Yes, specific foods cause bloating
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either bloating caused by many foods or bloating caused by specific foods, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be triggered by certain foods.  During IBS flare-ups the movement of undigested food through the intestines can become impaired, and gas production increased.  Both of these can cause bloating, which is very common among IBS sufferers.  In one study of 337 IBS patients, 83% reported bloating.

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