The stomach pain that occurs after eating beets is considered uncommon and might be linked to a digestive condition. Even though the cramping is not always an indication of a serious condition, a doctor should be consulted for further assessment.
The stomach pain might be triggered by an increase in the intake of fiber, food intolerance, gas pain or a food allergy. It is best to avoid eating beets until a doctor is seen.
Can increased fiber intake trigger stomach pain?
If the individual consumed large amount beets in a single sitting, he/she might end up with stomach pain due to the abrupt increase in the intake of fiber.
The dietary fiber from plant-based foods could not be digested by the body and helps in maintaining regular bowel movements. If one consumes large amounts of fiber quickly, especially if not used to a high-fiber diet, symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea, gas and bloating can arise. If a high-fiber diet is continued, these effects eventually settle in a few days.
The discomfort caused by gas is often confused with stomach pain since they manifest in the abdomen and trigger sharp, jab-like sensations that come and go.
Gas forms after eating beets due to its fiber content, eating too fast or overeating. The discomfort is the result of the trapped gas forming during the digestion process. The discomfort can be relieved by passing gas, belching or having a bowel movement.
If the stomach pain is intense or arises every time beets are eaten, it might be an indication of a food intolerance. This is a common condition that arises with any food where the digestive tract could not break down the sugars, proteins or carbohydrates in beets.
Am I allergic?
If the individual is allergic to beets, he/she will experience stomach pain along with other symptoms right after consumption.
Other symptoms that might develop include hives, nasal congestion, facial swelling, skin rashes, wheezing and shortness of breath.