Foodie Flatulence Facts

Consuming food does cause abdominal gas. This flatulence is simply one of those nasty little facts of life that we have to deal with. It is quite normal for us to pass a lot of the stuff.

We are human and being human means that every now and then we are going to produce a little air within us that sooner or later is going to have to be released.

Flatulence occurs and it is something that we shouldn't have to feel ashamed of. Foods that are difficult for the body to digest are very likely to produce gas as a byproduct.It is a fact that we just cannot get around or ignore and especially when we are out in a public place.

Although a lot of the gases that are emitted during flatulence do not smell every now and then a fart that is rich in sulfur will make an appearance and the aroma will literally be strong enough to strip paint from walls.

Flatulence can show up at the most awkward of times. It is an embarrassing fact that most of us at one time or another has had to toot and then run to make a quick and graceful exit away from the scene of the crime.

Sometimes we simply have to cross our fingers that no one figures out who done it.Wondering what is causing your gas? The most likely foods to produce gas during the digestive process are sugary or sweet foods, starchy foods, foods rich in fiber, and lactose containing foods such as dairy.

Yep I know, that list sounds like practically everything and anything that a person may eat in a day. So lets acknowledge the fact that most foods do cause some degree of gas. The question is which foods cause the most gas?

In the vegetable category foods which cause the most stomach gas are beans, cabbage, onions, radishes, celery, carrots, brussels sprouts, broccoli, corn, potatoes, cauliflower and any member of the legume family. It is interesting to note that a few of these vegetables are also very high in sulfur content ie: cabbage and onions.

In the fruit category apples, pears, bananas, apricots, peaches, grapes and prunes rank as the foods with the highest likelihood of causing gas. 

An intolerance or allergy to the foods that you consume can also be responsible for the production of a tremendous amount of excess abdominal bloating. If you are lactose intolerant then dairy products are high on your list of flatulence producing foods.

Where a food intolerance is concerned wheat and grain products rank very high on the list of fart foods. If you have a sensitivity to grain products it is generally the gluten or proteins in wheat which will cause you to develop a tremendous amount of gas as your body tries to digest them. 

Rice is the only grain that will not cause gas to form while it is being digested.

Carbonated beverages can also be nasty for allowing excess air to fill your tummy and cause abdominal bloating and flatulence. Yep, sounds like just about every food that you eat will cause you to become a gas producing machine.

U.S. Cows Toot About 5.5 Million Metric Tons of Methane Gas Yearly


Wondering how you can reduce all that awful abdominal bloating and gas? You cannot totally eliminate the need to pass gas but you can try to control your gassy tendencies somewhat. You can begin by reducing your intake of flatulence producing foods.

As most of these foods are extremely healthy you will likely not be able to eliminate them all without suffering some very drastic health consequences. So consider just a small reduction to a specific food group that you think may be largely responsible for your tendency to toot. 

You can easily figure out which foods cause you issue by recognizing how you feel after you consume them. Most of us have a few ideas already on which foods cause our tummy to rumble so try eliminating or reducing their intake and see how that makes you feel. Keep in mind that we will always have some degree of gas. It is a simple fact of the digestive function.

A Sensitivity to Dairy Products ie: Lactose Intolerance Often Displays Itself With Severe Internal Bloating and Excessive Flatulence


How extreme is your gas?
1. My farts rarely smell. (I am so polite.)
2. When I pass gas there tends to be a slight aroma of sulphur in the air.
3. People leave the room when my tummy starts to rumble.
4. My flatulence could strip paint from the walls.
5. GOOD GRIEF! Grab a gas mask cause it's the only way you are gonna survive. 

There are reasons why your farts may smell more than those of someone else. What you eat and how long you hold it in are two of the main causes of smelly farts. If you are eating sulfur containing foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, garlic, onions (there are many more) then you will likely notice excess gas and the annoying aroma caused by the sulfur content in these.

The longer your food sits in the digestive tract logically the smellier it is going to be. Bacteria and fermentation are two of the reasons why this occurs and it will contribute to how badly your gas smells. Being constipated or having a slow moving system can contribute to you having smellier flatulation.

Five strange but true flatulence trivia facts.

1) You fall within the normal scale if you produce between 1 to 4 pints of gas per day.

2) Most individuals release a little burst of air through the rear quarters approximately 14 to 23 times each and every day.

3) Some people produce methane gas and others do not. If you find your stool floating in the toilet bowl the majority of the time then you are probably one of those environmentally friendly individuals who do not release methane gas into the air when you flatulate.

4) Cows actually burp and toot so frequently that they are responsible for about 15 percent of all the methane gas produced worldwide. This would mean that they are really not very environmentally friendly critters. It's another good reason to cut back on red meat.

5) Rice is the only starch which does not cause gas to form when it is consumed.

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Foods that may help your tummy produce less gas are ginger, peppermint, fennel seeds, honey, probiotic yogurt, cinnamon, and pineapple. Drinking sufficient water can also help to keep your system moving along smoothly which will help to prevent constipation and the excess gas that comes along with it.

Reducing or eliminating your intake of carbonated beverages can help to reduce abdominal bloating and the subsequent farts that these fizzy soft drinks are producing.

If you think that your flatulence is being caused by a food or lactose intolerance then discuss your concerns with your doctor and eliminate the offending foods from your diet plan.

 My advice on intestinal gas is that if it is not extremely painful then just relax and don't take your farts too seriously. It's a foodie fact that passing gas 14 to 23 times a day is perfectly normal.

Discretely allow those little puffs of gas to diffuse out and into the air around you and be thankful that you aren't a bovine or you would spend the better part of your day burping and farting with every little movement that you make.


Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you truly believe that you are producing far to much internal air. There are many over the counter and physician prescribed treatments for reducing excess bloating and gas within the body. It could be that you are suffering from a food sensitivity or allergy.

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