Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Do Apples Cause Gas?

Yes, apples cause gas in people with IBS and fructose mal-absorption. Apples are known to be a very healthy fruit but eating an apple a day can lead to gastric problems. The problem is common especially in people who are suffering from IBS i.e. irritable bowel syndrome. This is why apples are losing their popularity among people who prefer FODMAP diet for maintaining good health and digestion.

Usually, people believe that an apple a day can keep doctor away, also Joe De Sena who is a founder of Spartan Fit suggests apple diet of 10 days for people who are looking to improve their digestion and health. However, the above concept is not at all true for people who believe in FODMAP diet. Now, the question that arises in the mind of majority of people is that should apples be avoided from ones diet? The answer to this question is yes for people who suffer from gastric problems such as fructose mal-absorption or irritable bowel syndrome. For other people who do not have these problems, for them the fruit is a good source of many nutrition and healthy calories.

Do Apples Cause Gas?

Why Eating Apple is a Problem?

Apples are one of the most important fruit in the FODMAP list because it is very high in fructose content. This ultimately creates severe problem for people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As per a daily newspaper in the U.K. people who abolished apples from their diet experienced light and good health. For such patients the absorption of fructose in the body becomes very poor, which ultimately cause gas and bloating in stomach. Apples are very high in fiber and it is why it plays a significant role in various stomach and digestive problems. Some people believe that eating apples without its peel helps in reducing the discomfort to a considerable extent. Further, there are people who opt to other healthy substitute for apple like the apple cider vinegar, which does not have any heavy or adverse effect on stomach.

People who do not have gastric problems for them apple is a good source of many healthy nutrients. Apple is also a good source for losing weight and building strong immune system. As mentioned above not all people react to apple the same way, hence; one should eat apple and observe the changes that take place in their body. Then accordingly they should decide their body tolerance level and whether it is a safe and healthy fruit for them or not.

One should also discuss the gas problem with an experienced physician for gather more information on the same. Also, doctors prescribe necessary medication to overcome or reduce the problem. If the problem is not treated on time then it can become severe.

Gas and Low FODMAP and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is a form of chronic digestive problem in which patients experience abdominal pain, gas, constipation, cramps, diarrhea and stomach bloating. One of every ten people suffers from this problem and research show that women are more prone to suffer from IBS as compared to men. Low FODMAP diet is designed for successfully treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There are some fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy products, which are difficult to digest and can cause gas. These people when take food that have high FODMAP such as onions or apple, then the undigested food particles pull more of the fluid in to the digestive track, which ultimately causes gas and bloating. Further, large intestine bacteria that feed on these undigested food items cause gas. As bodies of different individuals react differently with specific food items, so one of the effective ways to treat IBS is by eating the food items and observing how body reacts to the same.

Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: April 4, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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