Feeling bloated? Your cooking oil could be the culprit!

Bloating and belching are common prequels to a hard round of acidity. They result from indigestion and may refer to an unhealthy lifestyle that one could be pursuing. However, it is not always the case of being indulgent or negligent, and we may also look for some subtle aspects to know more about these factors too.
One such aspect could be your favorite cooking oil. However, to ensure that we have explored all other avenues before deciding that it’s all on the oil, we have chalked out some common reasons that may be at fault. Please find them below:

a.)5 reasons you’re bloated all the time

Gas and bloating can be an unpleasant topic for most of us but did you know that an average person passes gas around 12 to 25 times per day? In addition to this, around 30% of Americans experience bloating. No bloating or having a flat stomach for 24 hours is not normal.

The foods and drinks that you consume require a certain amount of space in your stomach and intestines, making expansion or bloating inevitable. Bloating thus isn’t necessarily a cause for concern unless you’re bloated to the point of not fitting into your pants, and here are some reasons that could have led you to it:

1. Certain types of sugars

It’s usually within an hour of lunch when your belly swells, compelling you to unbutton your pants or stick to sweatpants. It remains this way for a day and your stomach recoils to its original shape the next morning. Some supporters of low-carb diets explain that reducing their carb intake helped improve their bloating problem.

To determine whether carbohydrates are the cause in your case, try eliminating certain sugars, sugar alcohols, resistant starches such as those found in beans and dietary fiber.

2. Constipation

Abdominal pain, a distending rock-solid belly, and discomfort often subside when a person poops. If this sounds like you, chances are the cause for your belly bloat is constipation. This mainly occurs because intestinal gas normally gets trapped between slowly moving feces, making bloating more likely. To fix this, you simply need to drink more water and increase your fiber intake.

You should also increase your fiber intake gradually as taking it too much too soon can also trigger bloating. Pay special attention to insoluble fiber sources such as fruits and vegetables with skins, bran, and seeds to help improve your bowel movements versus soluble sources (often the processed kinds) such as cereals and high-fiber snack foods.

3. Acid Reflux

If you feel uncomfortable in your upper belly area after eating, experience bloating, feel nauseous even after a normal meal or burp excessively for an hour or so, chances are you have acid reflux or indigestion. Bloating becomes bad when you chow down on a big salad on an empty stomach because you’re dumping fiber into an acidic stomach. This is likely to result in some unpleasant symptoms.

If you’re having a meal on an empty stomach, try to have a smaller, low-fat meal with a glass of water. You can also try carbonated water to ease symptoms of indigestion.

4. Overeating

This is perhaps the most common cause of stomach discomfort and bloating. Try having smaller portions evenly spaced out throughout the day.

5. Fatty, processed food.

This can make you feel uncomfortably full as fat takes longer to digest than protein or carbs. Limit your fat intake and try baking instead of frying most of the time.

If nothing mentioned above has worked for you…

If you can’t identify yourself with any of the above reasons, you could be in for an easier answer now. This relates to the cooking oil that you are using to prepare your food. That oil could have ingredients that your body may not digest properly and thus goes trying to expel it in a liquid or soil form.

We would advise you to switch to healthier oils like coconut and olive oils to prepare your foods every day. By the way, here are some of the most common but most inappropriate cooking oils that one should stay away from:

b.)Cooking oils that you think are healthy… but aren’t!

Here are the worst five cooking oils are so you’ll know what not to buy as you start including healthy food choices in your diet plans. They are usually the ones that can lead to some disturbances in your digestive system instantly or may even cause serious health issues over a period of time.

Why it matters?

When determining the healthy quality of cooking oils, you must take into account: how it affects heart health, the ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids, and how it is processed. Getting too much Omega-6 in your diet causes clogged arteries, inflammation, heart disease, and increases your risk of cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a ratio of 4:1 for Omega-6 to Omega-3.

That means that for every food you eat that contains Omega-3 fatty acids, you need to eat no more than 4 times the amount of omega-6 fatty acids. Remember: too much omega-6 is bad for your health.

You can improve your health by eliminating processed foods from your diet. Autoimmune responses to chronic inflammation caused by processed foods are being linked to processed foods. Diseases like asthma, allergies, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes are on a rise because of a rise in the consumption of processed foods. Get rid of them!

Cooking Oils you should avoid

·         Grapeseed Oil: They contain about 70% of omega-6 fatty acids. It is the same fatty acid that causes inflammation, heart disease, and other health conditions. This oil is industrially processed with hexane and other toxic solvents, and traces of these chemicals are always left behind in the final product.
Expeller-pressed processed grapeseed oil is full of polyunsaturated fat, in concentrations highly toxic to humans. No matter how pure, they are never safe.

·         Canola Oil: About 87% of Canola Oil is genetically modified. It is manufactured using crude oil that’s extracted from rapeseeds. It is processed using industrial carcinogenic bleaches at high heat along with a poisonous mixture of hexane. It is then refined, bleached, and deodorized for human consumption.
Canola Oil is high in Omega-3s but don’t let that deceive you. It is subjected to oxidation when heated and this leads to the formation of free radicals. These free radicals lead to inflammation, cancer, thyroid damage, and hormonal imbalances. This is one very good reason that oils high in Omega-3s are never used for cooking. For example, flaxseed oil and fish oil are high in omega-3 but they are never heated because they are prone to oxidation.

·         Vegetable/Soybean Oil: About 99% of vegetable oil is soybean oil. Next time you look at a bottle in the store, read the ingredients. You’ll most likely only see one: soybean oil. Soybean oil contains 54% omega-6. It can lead to inflammation and other health issues.

Soy is high in trypsin inhibitors and phytic acid, which blocks the absorption of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Soy also contains phytoestrogens, which mimics estrogen in your body and disrupts normal hormonal activity and could increase your risk of cancer.

·         Here are the healthiest oils to use for cooking:
Coconut comes in at number one, with 92% saturated fat, 6% monounsaturated, and 1.6% polyunsaturated. Butter (ghee), olive oil, palm oil, avocado oil, fish oil, flax oil, and nut or peanut oil are all great choices too.
Switching to a better lifestyle is important

We advise you to try the healthier alternatives for your favorite oils as mentioned above and address the problems of bloating and belching starting today.  The current situation won’t just always be limited to bloating and acidity, you may also court some serious health ailments like heart attack and asthma with improper oils, not to mention the loss to your digestive system that you could be bearing every day.

It all begins with a decision to try out healthier alternatives like olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, peanut oil, and coconut oil. The sooner you start, the better results you may get to enjoy with your food!

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