4. Myth: I can have too much gas.
Truth: Perhaps. Although excessive flatulence can simply indicate you’ve ramped up your fiber intake too fast and your GI system hasn’t gotten used to all that fiber yet. However, too much gas can point to a food tolerance. “With excessive gas and bloating, we do consider whether there’s a carbohydrate malabsorption going on,” says Dr. Xenodemetropoulos. “So for example, lactose tolerance is more common in some populations. Some have acquired lactose intolerance and that contributes to gas and bloating. But there’s also fructose intolerance, which is less commonly known.”
If gas and bloating is a concern for you, track your symptoms in a food journal for a few days before discussing it with your physician. And remember that symptoms are subjective. “There really isn’t a clear definition of how much is too much,” says Dr. Xenodemetropoulos. “There are patients who feel like they’re passing an excessive amount of gas or have too much bloating when relatively speaking may not be the case.”