Gas and Cramps After Eating Garlic

Updated on July 29, 2014
L.G. asks from Cheyenne, WY
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Hi there,

I love garlic, especially the fresh diced garlic in the tzatziki dip that I make in house. However, it happened few times in the past couple of weeks to experience gas, mild cramps and feel nauseous about 30 minutes after eating the raw garlic dip which it never happened in the past. I must mention that during the meals I also may eat apples or other fruits as dessert so my guess is this food combination may not be the best one. I have some ginger lozenges that I take anytime I feel gassy and nauseous and the symptoms are relieved but I just wonder if this could be a newly developed allergy/sensitiveness to garlic or the onset of a gastritis or GERD. Thanks a lot in advance.

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answers from St. Louis on

As I have got older my body doesn't like garlic as much, I do so my body can just deal with it. From what I gathered this is normal.

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answers from Washington DC on

I always get gas after eating too much garlic ... But that doesn't stop me from eating too much garlic. :)

If it bother you, cut back some on your garlic intake or try a product like BEANO.

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answers from Portland on

Garlic, how I miss thee.

Aging or GI issues could be at play. I was fine with garlic up until I turned about 38 or so and then my body rebelled. Violently. At this point, I really don't eat any garlic or onions; I will, however, use it as an aromatic when I cook veggies --throw a few whole cloves when I'm roasting veg and then remove them before serving. Garlic-infused olive oil is a great way to get a little of the garlic flavor without actually eating it; maybe you could try doing that when you make your tzatziki?

I've found that making modifications can really help. Food sensitivities have caused me to really focus on creating healthy alternatives to more traditional fare. I should also add that food sensitivities can come and go, depending on exposure. I recently had a hummus which contained garlic (found out later) and was very excited that I tolerated it well; had it again a few weeks later and was pretty ill for a short while. sigh. Can't even eat cucumbers, but that's another story altogether.

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answers from Grand Forks on

Garlic and cucumber (main ingredients in tzatziki) are both notorious for causing gas.

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answers from Austin on

Yep, as we mature, these foods we used to be able to eat, no longer agree with us.

I used to be able to drink milk, now not so much. I have found "No fat milk" is better, but still cannot over do.

Garlic? I used to eat roasted garlic pods on bread.. but nope, not any more . It is like the worst cramps ever if I have anything with chopped garlic in it. . The vomiting and the smell of the garlic coming out of my pores! I thought I was going to die the last time I ate pure garlic like that.

Tonight I made spaghetti sauce, so I used 2 garlic pods, but not chopped, I take it out once the sauce is done.

Creamy soups, nope, not if milk or creams are there.

And so if I just have to have something I am craving, I am prepared for the after effects. Try the beano, try the herb Epazote when making sauces that have garlic in them.

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answers from Norfolk on

You can develop a food sensitivity at any time.
I use to love green peppers raw and cooked.
Then I got to an age where green peppers upset my stomach no matter how they are prepared.
I can (so far) eat all the garlic I want (which is a lot - I LOVE garlic!).
In my 20's I use to be able to drink just about any alcoholic drink (3 drinks has always been my limit).
Now I can only have a little wine, or hard cider or a small amount (1 tbsp) of brandy every once in a great while - every thing else gives me horrible headaches the next day.
Are you sure it's the garlic in the dip causing you problems?
It might be something else.
Sometimes cucumbers give people some trouble.
Maybe the yogurt (dairy sensitivity)?
Try eating those ingredients in other dishes and see if you react to any of them.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I was recently reading that fruit moves through the digestive system the fastest. So it's BEST to eat for breakfast and WORST to eat for dessert.
If you eat fruit after a meal, it sits on the other food and "rots" producing quite uncomfortable feelings of bloating and nausea.

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answers from Detroit on

Yup.. got that too.. It took forever to figure out what was causeing all of these tummy problems I stopped eating garlic and no more problems..

I can eat garlic IF it is cooked a lot and there is not too much..

it is a fairly common food intolerance..

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answers from Lancaster on

My husband has reflux and he takes meds daily. A few years ago, he found that his reflux got worse whenever he ate garlic in any form. His mother used so much garlic when she cooked that your eyes would burn when you walked into the house. Fast forward 20+ years and he slowly eliminated it from his diet completely. I don't really like garlic in general, so it's fine with me. Unfortunately, I do have to make almost all our food from scratch as (you'll find) just about everything that comes pre-made or processed has garlic in it. I make my tzatziki with English cucumbers (easier to digest and they're not waxed), sour cream, yogurt, onion powder and fresh herbs. So delicious.

I'm also going to mention that it's been my experience that fruit should only be eaten on an empty stomach - like first thing in the morning. When fruit is eaten with other foods, it basically can't be digested and it ferments in your stomach, causing gas. Something to think about.

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