I know this may sound strange, but one of the things I learned by living outside of the U.S. is that my stomach doesn’t like living in the U.S.
My wife and I will be leaving Taiwan in December to come home “for good.” (meaning, at least several years). We met in France, and lived there for a year, and we’ve now lived in Taiwan for two years.
Here’s the thing: I don’t fart when I’m not in the U.S. It seems that I can eat almost anything (but I’m a very healthy eater), but both in France and, especially, in Taiwan, I just don’t fart. During a four-month visit to the U.S. last year, I was amazed not only at the gas escaping from my derriere but also the near constant rumbling in my stomach and my intestines. My wife felt the same.
My brother in law recently went to the US for the first time and loved it, except that “he couldn’t stop farting.”
What I don’t understand is that even in the U.S. we eat pretty healthy stuff. I don’t eat junk food or fast food. I try to eat unprocessed stuff (but I don’t read the ingredients of everything I eat).
So, here’s what I’d like to know. What is it in the foods back home that make my stomach so uncomfortable? What should I read ingredients for? Is this an issue of preservatives in certain things? Should I stop buying anything in a box and just shop at farmer’s markets?
If there’s any more information you might need about my eating habits to better answer my question, ask away. Thank you.