Don’t eat your broccoli: Want to avoid bloat during your wedding week? Here are five surprising foods to skip.
Dried Fruits - Packed with vitamins and minerals, these portable treats should, in theory, make the perfect snack. Not so much says Torres: “They’re basically concentrated bundles of fructose, a kind of sugar that causes water retention and gas.”
Red Wine- Sure, beer will expand your waistline, but a glass of cabernet? Turns out red wine contains unfermented yeast, a notorious bloater. “Because it’s less processed, the high-end stuff is especially bad,” says Keller.
Sugar-free anything: Fake sweeteners like sorbitol and aspartame are crazy hard to digest. Fizzy diet soda is double nasty. “Bubbles equal gas,” says Los Angeles nutritionist Jackie Keller.
(Some) Raw Veggies - Superfoods can also make you super bloated. Take cruciferous vegetables like kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and broccoli: They’re loaded with cellulose, a type of fiber our stomachs struggle to break down. Consider switching to water-rich vegetables like celery, cucumber, and asparagus just before your wedding, says integrative-wellness guru Frank Lipman: “They act as diuretic, so you’ll actually shed water weight.”