In the past, I’ve made several mentions of the impact (for me) pasta has on my BCIR gut. So many delicious meals out there, include some form of pasta, for instance; spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, pasta salads, and let’s not forget mac and cheese! Well to recap, anything with pasta will send my gut into full slow-mo paste mode. I will be fighting that pasta for the next day and a half until it has all passed. The worst part of the fight is the painful bloating several times in the middle of the night, each requiring a trip to the bathroom. Again, this isn’t severe pain, but bad enough to wake you out of a good sleep.
Well this brings me to a suggestion a family member had, that of which was to try rice pasta. I tested it out last night, and I had great results! I still purposely over-cooked the pasta a little to break it down a bit more, but I only had to get up once last night. Rice pasta tastes great, I didn’t notice much of a difference in flavor, but I’m sure a little extra sauce will counter-act any funny rice noodle flavor.
Ultimately, I think the culprit may be gluten. Though I know I’m not gluten intolerant, I think gluten is just more slow-moving in the digestive process, thus creating extra gas and pain for my BCIR gut. Pasta (with gluten) has been the only gluten food that I’ve had any issue with as it move through me like glue, however all other gluten foods I do fine with and cause no noticeable issues. Try some gluten-free rice pasta today!