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January 14, 2012 7:57 PM

Too Much Protein & Gas
Jul 26, 2011 | By Carly Schuna
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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 11:13 PM
What did you eat exactly? Protein in and of itself has never caused me gas.. the only time was a specific protein powder but when I switched brands it stopped. So it was a specific ingredient in there, not the protein..
Edited by servilia On January 14, 2012 11:14 PM
February 15, 2013 9:46 AM
For the shorter version rather than reading some huge amount of whatever...

A lot of gas could be caused by a high protein/fat diet. The reason being that protein is primarily broken down in the stomach and fat is primarily broken down in the small intestine. Eating huge amounts of protein, which fat will follow because you cant get one without the other, may take your body more time to break down in the intestines. This could be the cause of more gas.
February 15, 2013 10:00 AM
I've had some pretty bad bouts of gas myself and wondered the same thing. My poor husband tries desperately to keep the covers pressed down when it happens in bed. I really do feel bad for him... sort of. laugh Oh and it's really not cool when I'm doing yoga. noway
February 15, 2013 11:29 AM
During the transition to a higher protein diet it sure can for some. I have been there. Your body should get used to it and adjust. Tons of broccoli has the same effect on me.
March 2, 2013 9:11 AM
Try and spread your protein and fiber throughout your meals.
March 2, 2013 9:16 AM
Try probiotics.
March 2, 2013 9:19 AM
I love gas and **** threads. bigsmile
March 2, 2013 9:21 AM
Gas can be caused by whey proteins, egg whites that come in cartons, etc.
March 2, 2013 9:31 AM
For me, it's the fiber that gives me gas, but the meat that makes it smell. That's why a nice beef and bean chili is so dangerous!
March 2, 2013 9:37 AM
i second probiotics. typically excess gas comes from poor digestion, and the food just sitting in your stomach and fermenting - causing a gas build up that has to be released somehow. in some people this causes flatulence and in others acid reflux. best to get a handle on it in either case.

probiotics are essential.
December 14, 2013 4:40 PM
i'll third on the probiotics as I've had a good experience with this:

Not gone, but reduced alot.

Hope it helps.
December 14, 2013 5:00 PM

(Wish I could get this posted as neon, blinking lights)
December 29, 2013 4:40 AM
esso and texico give gass but in the short yes protein will give you gas! as for eat more fat???? only eat your daily amount . The average man should eat no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. The average woman should eat no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. if you have protein shakes it will happen more.
December 29, 2013 4:56 AM
I was told that girls don't fart... 28 years later I find out it's a lie.

The horror
December 29, 2013 4:58 AM
Haven't read the other posts, but I'd like to say that yes, it can cause gas to build up.

Whenever I eat my mother's husband's cooking, I often find myself in a lot of pain later in the evening and the following day. Mostly due to gas, but sometimes due to watery bowels as well. It's not that he's a horrible chef -- the food tastes AMAZING! -- but I think it has to do with my body not being accustomed to the heavier meats that he prefers to cook (beef and pork).

My guess is that it has something to do either with the native bacteria in your digestion tract, or the heaviness of the meat all together as it moves slower through the tract that fruits and vegetables.
December 29, 2013 5:54 AM
The least you can do is fire a warning shot. When it's about to happen make an alarm sound by saying Whoop. Say it three times before letting loose: Whooooop,,,,,,Whoooop.....Whooop. When your family hears the alarm they can run for cover or put on a gas mask. laugh
Edited by BigGuy47 On December 29, 2013 5:55 AM
December 29, 2013 8:50 AM
For me, it's carbs. I've got some massive digestive issues to begin with, but when I throw a lot of carbs into the out! Everyone is different, but I would venture a guess that anything that gets the pipes moving will cause gas.
January 5, 2014 5:48 AM
Yes it happens with proteins with me. Its horrible:(
January 5, 2014 5:54 AM

i'll third on the probiotics as I've had a good experience with this:

Not gone, but reduced alot.

Hope it helps.

I'll "fourth" it - my husband and 10 year old son both suffer from IBS and probiotics keep their farts minimal and livable. Don't eliminate them completely, but greatly reduce the frequency and, um.. intensity. My son used to get "fart stomach aches" from gas pressure before we started him on a daily probiotic capsule, but doesn't any more unless we forget a day.
January 5, 2014 5:59 AM

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?

It depends on what you're eating. Yes, some protein can cause gas.

Soy has a lot of protein, but the unfermented kind can cause gas problems. Chocolate soy milk tastes awesome and has protein, but if you drink it on a regular basis it can give you terrible gas. Same thing with a lot of tofu. Fermented soy like miso and tempeh don't cause that problem. There's a science behind this, but I didn't save the article -- google for more info.

Other beans have protein, too, and cause gas because people lack an enzyme to digest the shell or coat. You can get around this if you soak them or add extra water and overcook them so they are very soft.
May 6, 2014 12:51 PM
Geez I too have been having this issue. Yes it's terrible. I am also pretty sure it's due to the amount of protein I take in. I have slowly increased both my five and protein intake. I am pretty sure I get around 125 grams of protein a day now minimum and since I passed 100 grams that's when I started to go off , so to speak, lol. I hope it gets better soon. I also wonder what the original poster did about this.
September 9, 2014 12:33 AM
Old post... I know, just wanted to add my two cents. I ran into the same problem when I started weight training and trying to add about 15lbs to my weight. I was working out a lot, and taking in a lot of protein. Soon after starting, I could easily clear a room of all occupants with the smallest of "toots."

I did a little bit of research and reading around, and found a solution. I think what you're experience can be dubbed as "protein farts." I'm not sure if you have an exercise routine or a special diet that you follow, or both. However, if you don't supply your body with enough carbs to replace the energy you're expending, your body will turn to converting excess protein into energy (carbs, glycogen??). It seems that the process by which this is done creates a humiliating byproduct; extremely deadly farts, silent or not!

Everyone is different, but this is what worked for me. I started adding more carbs to my diet, complex at most times except for after workout, at which time I'd take in simple carbs, and the deadly farts ceased to exist after a few days.
September 9, 2014 3:39 AM

The least you can do is fire a warning shot. When it's about to happen make an alarm sound by saying Whoop. Say it three times before letting loose: Whooooop,,,,,,Whoooop.....Whooop. When your family hears the alarm they can run for cover or put on a gas mask. laugh

I use 'Fire in the hole!' explode


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