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Does Cumin Spice Cause Gas or Bloating?

By Jill Corleone, RDN, LD

Cumin lends earthy flavor to a variety of dishes and is used in Mexican, Middle Eastern and traditional American cooking. If you've eaten a food containing the spice and feel gassy and bloated, it's unlikely that cumin is the cause. If, however, you continue to feel sick after eating foods with cumin, you may want to consult a doctor to investigate further.

Cumin: A Low-FODMAP Food

Many foods can cause gas and bloating, including spicy food. Cumin, however, is usually well-tolerated and is a low-FODMAP food. FODMAPs, or fermentable oligo-di-monosaccharides and polyols, are types of carbohydrates that do not digest well, and when they enter the colon, bacteria may cause them to ferment, leading to gas and bloating. When you have issues digesting foods, such as people with irritable bowel syndrome, you should eat more low-FODMAP foods to minimize discomfort.

Individual Sensitivities

Even though cumin doesn't have any properties that make it a likely cause of gas or bloating, everyone's body is different, and you might simply react poorly after eating cumin-containing foods. Check with your doctor to rule out an underlying medical cause, and avoid cumin in recipes to avoid digestive issues.

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