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January 14, 2012 4:36 PM
I am just wondering if something is wrong i have added alot of protein to my diet and i have not done this before but, I usualy have soem gas issues anyway because i eat alot of salad... But today exspecaily!!! I mean sorry if it is TMI but i am really bad right now.. My husband is running out the room it is so bad, and my kids to.. :( I cant stop it huts to hold it in...

and who else can i ask? Is it embarrassing to say? of course... I know everyone may think im joking but hey you dont know me so I dont feel to gross asking.. Im just having issues right now.. like im not just saying one or two little ones, they are like in 10 minutes 10 gas bubbles.. lol im so embarrassed... HELP could it be protein or should i go get checked out by a doctor?
Edited by Edithrenee On January 14, 2012 4:38 PM
January 14, 2012 4:38 PM
LOL... I'm having the same problem today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 14, 2012 4:39 PM
No. Increasing fiber intake too quickly causes gas. (say, your whole day's fiber is in one meal versus spread throughout the day - or consistently eating 30g of fiber per day when before, you were eating less than half that amount consistently).
January 14, 2012 4:39 PM
It's just gas. Could be caused by anything. No need to see a doctor -- just get some GasX and don't worry about it.
January 14, 2012 4:41 PM
I don't pretend to have a sensible, scientific answer to your question, but meat definitely makes me parp.
January 14, 2012 4:42 PM
lmbo im sorry you all lol but it is kinda weird i think im th e only female with the problem in the first place sometimes.. I mean even my hubby wont poot in front of me and that is all i do it seems.. lol and today is just been extreame... i was wonding if it was my age even. lol. I guess it may be fiber, i have been drinking alot of shakes with fiber or peanut butter and salads, i did have roast yesterday with carrots and potaotes lol
January 14, 2012 4:43 PM
My wife jokes that I get gas just from breathing.

I have noticed any change in my diet can cause more gas than normal. Sure, extra fiber certainly is a culprit, but a lot of meat or a few eggs for breakfast, both high protein items, will do it to.

The good news is your body will (probably) adjust to the change in diet over time. Until them, issue gas masks for the family!
January 14, 2012 4:43 PM
well at least i may have made some people get a good laugh!! Cheers!! lol
January 14, 2012 4:44 PM
I get gas from protein shakes, as do the 2 other guys I know who have them.
January 14, 2012 4:44 PM

My wife jokes that I get gas just from breathing.

I have noticed any change in my diet can cause more gas than normal. Sure, extra fiber certainly is a culprit, but a lot of meat or a few eggs for breakfast, both high protein items, will do it to.

The good news is your body will (probably) adjust to the change in diet over time. Until them, issue gas masks for the family!

Hey! i did have alot of eggs this week... :) I was in the military to i should have gotten a few gas masks lol
January 14, 2012 4:44 PM
If you take charcoal tablets after you eat it will stop it from smelling so bad.
January 14, 2012 4:44 PM
I would guess Fiber.
January 14, 2012 4:48 PM
when i first started drinking protein shakes, i got major gas as well, but it goes away (anecdotal).
January 14, 2012 4:49 PM
That's the worst, I'd rather eat tofu than booty toot around my hubby. Hope you're feeling better soon.
January 14, 2012 4:52 PM

That's the worst, I'd rather eat tofu than booty toot around my hubby. Hope you're feeling better soon.

yes!! thank you exspecialy if he wont do it ever!!! lmbo
January 14, 2012 5:01 PM
Yes you do get gas mainly because of the lactose if your protein powder is not lactose free. I had this problem for years then I switched to lactose free and now the problem is gone. If you have lactose intolerance then this is the answer.
Edited by andrejjorje On January 14, 2012 5:32 PM
January 14, 2012 5:05 PM
It depends on the person. Some people get it from protein and some get it from grains. Whatever you've upped this week is probably the culprit.
January 14, 2012 5:08 PM
Allergies to lactose, or soy may be the problem. Examine what new foods your eating, soy turns me into a farting machine I eat about 275g. Of protein a day and gas is never a problem.
January 14, 2012 5:10 PM
I only notice this if I eat processed roast beef - lunch meat. I can't tell you why.
January 14, 2012 5:10 PM
It's the fiber! I had it happen to me too, for about three straight days, it was terrible! My boyfriend was scared. I thought it was funny and took a pepto. My body isnt used to all my new fibery foods.

You should track fiber along with protein on your chart if you aren't already!
January 14, 2012 5:10 PM
Too much seafood causes some serious issues - also, I've just had the flu for going on four days now - farts are not to be trusted!
January 14, 2012 5:13 PM
I don't know about the protein thing, but if you chew alot of sugarfree gum, that causes horrible gas, if you don't believe me ask my wife, she suffers cause I love sugar free gum.
January 14, 2012 5:14 PM
Turkey. Oh dear what turkey does to me! And turkey chili is just wicked!
January 14, 2012 5:35 PM
Too Much Protein & Gas
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Gas isn't always caused by eating a plateful of beans or having food that doesn't agree with you. In some cases, the diet plan you follow can make gas and other digestive problems more likely to occur. That can happen with high-protein diets in particular, since they often exclude or limit foods that encourage healthy and efficient digestion.

Both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber play important roles in the digestive process, according to The problem, however, is that a protein-rich diet has little to no room for so many high-fiber foods. Such eating plans often call for limiting amounts of fruits, vegetables and grains in favor of dairy, meat and plant-based proteins. That imbalance can eventually result in digestive issues including gas, bloating and related symptoms. You might also notice gas if you're regularly eating a certain protein-rich food to which you have an intolerance or an allergy, such as whey or soy protein.
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If you're experiencing chronic gas as a result of consuming too much protein, you may also be putting your health at greater risk. American Council on Exercise scientist Cedric X. Bryant points out that eating protein in excess of your body's needs can produce fat gain, dehydration or calcium loss, which is particularly dangerous for women. dietitian Katherine Zeratsky also remarks that high-protein diets can raise risks of constipation, diverticulitis, liver and kidney problems, cancer or heart disease.

Making simple adjustments to your diet may be all you need to get rid of gas. recommends getting a maximum of 175 g protein daily and getting at least 45 percent of your calories from carbohydrates, so try shifting the balance of what you eat to fall within those parameters. The clinic also recommends eating more slowly at mealtimes, taking measures to reduce stress in your life whenever possible and gradually bringing more fiber in your diet instead of rapidly increasing it.

Following a high-protein diet can be healthy in the short term if you also eat some carbohydrates and healthy fats. Protein can be filling enough to help you curb your calorie consumption and steadily lose weight, and it can also help you build lean muscle mass when you combine it with regular strength training. However, the risks of eating too much protein aren't limited to occasional gas, so if you feel your diet is not balanced, speak with your physician about potentially adjusting it.
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References; High-Protein Diets - Are They Safe?; Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.; June 19, 2010; Dietary Fiber - Essential for a Healthy Diet; November 19, 2009; Are There Any Risks Associated with Excess Protein Consumption?; Cedric X. Bryant; 1999; Bloating, Belching and Intestinal Gas - How to Avoid Them; April 23, 2011; Healthy Diet - End the Guesswork with These Nutrition Guidelines; February 22, 2011

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January 14, 2012 5:38 PM
Probably the salad & fiber. For me, increasing protein has eliminated this problem. Also, avoiding super high fiber veggies & grains helps a wicked lot.

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