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Beat the Bloat

Find out why you feel bloated -- and what to do -- with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods causes the least gas?

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The correct answer is: Rice is digested quickly in the stomach and small intestine, so the carbohydrates don't have a chance to be digested by bacteria in the colon. Therefore less gas is produced, resulting in less bloating.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

When should you see a doctor about bloating?

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The correct answer is: Bloating that occurs on its own is usually caused by food intolerance. But if you're experiencing bloating along with other digestive symptoms, such as changes in your bowel movements, abdominal or rectal pain, nausea or vomiting, or if you're persistently bloated for more than half a month, it's important to see your doctor.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is the best thing to do after a big meal to prevent bloating?

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The correct answer is: A short walk after a meal aids in the digestive process. It helps move everything through your system, including gas.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Too much sodium is a source of bloating, and can even cause swelling in certain parts of the body.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium a day. That can be tough to do, since 1 teaspoon of salt alone equals 2,400 mg of sodium. To reduce sodium in your diet, rinse canned foods first, and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Restaurant fare is also typically sodium-heavy.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What percentage of the population experiences bloating?

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The correct answer is: Bloating affects 10 to 30 percent of the general population. Bloating may be associated with gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, or it can occur independently.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sorbitol and fructose can cause bloating.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Sorbitol and fructose are not easily digested in the small intestine, so they're often passed into the large intestine where bacterial digestion produces gas.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help fight bloating?

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The correct answer is: All of these foods are high in magnesium, which plays a key role in food metabolism. For women, taking 200 mg of magnesium daily during their menstrual cycles has been shown to reduce symptoms of fluid retention.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women are twice as likely to experience bloating as men.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Women feel bloated more often than men, and usually around their periods. People who smoke or are stressed are also more likely to experience bloating.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these conditions may be associated with bloating?

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The correct answer is: All of the above, as well as inflammatory bowel disease and other conditions, can cause bloating. In some cases, persistent bloating can also be a sign of ovarian cancer. If your abdomen is often and unusually inflated and/or you experience intense pain, see your doctor.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can cause bloating?

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The correct answer is: Most of the time bloating is caused by dietary factors such as eating broccoli, beans, cabbage and dairy products. Bloating is rarely caused by a serious underlying condition.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Reducing fiber in your diet will help decrease bloating.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In fact, it's just the opposite: eating fiber-rich foods can help reduce bloating over time. That's because fiber helps move food more quickly through the gastrointestinal tract.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or False: Limiting frozen prepared meals will help prevent bloating.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Frozen prepared meals or foods are often loaded with sodium, which causes water retention. Cutting back on frozen foods can help reduce that bloated feeling.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is true?

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The correct answer is: Bloating usually happens when your body has trouble digesting the sugars in certain foods. Bloating occurs when undigested food moves into the colon, where bacteria continues to break down the food. That process results in gas. The lactose in dairy foods is a common culprit, but some fruits and vegetables and wheat can cause bloating, too.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these medications can help with gas and bloating?

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The correct answer is: Any of these medications can help dissolve the gas that causes bloating.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or False: Bacterial infections of the stomach and small intestine can cause bloating.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Bacteria such as H. pylori can cause frequent burping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. H. pylori infection can cause ulcers, gastritis and stomach cancer. Talk to your doctor if you experience persistent bloating.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Why might bloating create a self-esteem problem?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Bloating, and the big belly that comes with it, can make you feel less attractive, uncomfortable in your clothing and embarrassed when the need to pass gas occurs at an inconvenient time or place.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Bloating tends to be more prominent in the morning.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Bloating tends to increase later in the day and also in the pre-menstrual period in women.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following might be used by a doctor to diagnose the cause of bloating?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A review of your medical history is the first step in diagnosing persistent bloating. Sometimes a doctor may need more specialized tests such as an endoscopy, colonoscopy or X-ray.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or False: Asparagus is a bloat-fighting food.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Asparagus is a natural diuretic that can help remove excess water. Getting rid of excess water can make you less likely to experience bloating.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help reduce bloating?

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The correct answer is: Staying hydrated with water can help reduce bloating, as can eating more frequent, small meals. Chewing gum can actually cause you to swallow more air, which can lead to bloating.

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