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Easy Ways to Live Well: Steph McGovern discusses bloating

Stomach bloating is a common complaint whereby gas fills up your gastrointestinal tract. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. With nowhere to turn, the gassy buildup is forced into the stomach.

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A swollen tummy can usually be alleviated by shunning foods that are known to cause wind.

Some of these items are obvious, such as beans and cabbage, but there are also some surprising causes.

One of the seemingly healthy dietary decisions that can trigger stomach bloating is apple juice.

"This is because it contains sorbitol – a non-digestible type of sugar which is known to cause gastrointestinal distress in some people," explains Holland and Barrett.

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Apple juice often contains sorbitol, which can trigger bloatingStomach bloating: Apple juice often contains sorbitol, which can trigger bloating (Image: Getty Images)

Sorbitol is also used widely in many sugar-free products such as chewing gum and artificial sweetener.

Its prevalence in these products help to explain why they are commonly associated with bloating.

Sorbitol is also naturally present in fruits such as apples, peaches, and nectarines.

Other sugar-substitutes to be aware of are mannitol, lactitol, and xylitol.

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