30 Worst Summer Foods For Your Belly

April Benshosan wrote . . . . . .

Avoid these instant belly bloaters to keep your body beach ready.

1. Cruciferous Veggies

Think about how you feel after eating broccoli, kale, cabbage, or cauliflower. If the first word that comes to mind is “bloated,” then you’re like the most of us. “Humans don’t possess the enzyme to break down raffinose, a complex sugar commonly found in cruciferous vegetables,” clinical nutritionist Jennifer Cassetta, CN, MS explains. “So when these vegetables get to the lower intestine, they’re fermented by bacteria and produce methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen, which leads to gas.”

2. Salty Snacks

Before you stuff that big bag of chips into your beach bag, reconsider. Many salty snacks contain MSG, a harmful additive that’s been linked to an increased appetite and weight gain. Doritos just may be the worst because the delectable recipe was specially formulated so that each flavor comes through equally. And researchers believe that when foods lack a leading or single overpowering flavor, snackers are less likely to feel satiated and therefore are apt to eat more. In some cases, surprisingly, eating more can actually lead to weight loss. See how in our report, 30 Ways to Eat More and Lose Weight.

3. Coffee

We’re big fans of coffee on the reg (hey, it’s a low-cal pick-me-up that can even help curb a distracting appetite), but it’s better off to skip your cup o’ Joe before the beach. According to a study in Gut journal, “Coffee has been shown to promote the release of gastrin, which can increase colonic spike and motor activity,” which basically means that the java will result in you having to hit the bathroom way more often. And we all know how hard it is to find a clean public bathroom at the beach.

4. Sweet Tea

Just like coffee, tea acts as a diuretic, which will make your body expel salt and water, resulting in dehydration. Dehydration + sun’s rays = definitely not a good mix! If you just can’t go without your caffeine fix, make sure to drink lots of water along with it.

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