If you’re sleepy, sluggish, bloated or bolting to the nearest rest stop, a lengthy car ride can be more of a headache than an adventure. Steer clear of these risky foods on your next road trip to guarantee a smooth ride.
1. Greasy Fast Food
The fats in drive-thru burgers, breakfast sandwiches and French fries are difficult for your body to break down. Digesting them uses up valuable energy and makes you sluggish—something you definitely don’t want when you need to keep your eyes on the road.
2. Soft drinks and seltzer
We usually can’t get enough of fizzy drinks like soda and sparkling water , but if you’re not moving much during your travels they can mean trouble. With bubbles comes the risk of bloating, gas, indigestion, nausea and general abdominal pain.
Believe it or not, tomato-based products can irritate your bladder thanks to their acidity. This could mean frantic searches for a rest stop, especially for those with a overactive bladder, so skip items like pizza, pasta sauce, salsa and ketchup.
Keep your intake of citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes (as well as juices made from them) to a minimum during your travels. The acidity can affect your bladder and definitely won’t help with your constant urge to pee.
Resist the urge to order one of these creamy, frozen drinks on the road. Milkshakes might make great on-the-go treats, but milk, ice cream and other dairy products (think yogurt and cheese) can easily cause an upset stomach.
6. Salty Snacks
If your seatbelt seems to be getting more and more snug, it could be due to bloating. Chips, pretzels and other salty foods actually cause your body to retain more water as it attempts to maintain a balance of electrolytes.
7. Coffee and Tea
Too much coffee and tea on your extensive excursions. Copious amounts of caffeine can increase bladder activity, making your need for a bathroom more frequent and more urgent.
High-fructose corn syrup and sugar-free sweeteners are examples—small-chain carbohydrates that are difficult to digest. Snacking on handfuls of sweets while you’re driving might give you a short burst of energy, but you could pay in discomfort later.