As much as you may be embarrassed to pass gas, the good thing about it is that it can say a great deal about your health. Of course, you might want to steer clear of farting in public, and preferably do it in the comfort of your own home. Passing gas up to 20 times a day is completely normal. Here are eight things your gas can say about you!
8. You Eat Broccoli
Broccoli, beans, cabbage, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, and bran are all great foods containing fiber that help the digestive system, and also help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, while these vegetables and foods are great for your health, the unwanted side effect is the gas after eating. This is due to the stomach and small intestine’s inability to absorb some of the carbohydrates (sugars, starches, and fiber) in the foods we consume. The notorious gas produced from broccoli and beans is high in a certain kind of carb known as raffinose. “When indigestible sugars like raffinose reach the colon, the bacteria that inhabit that part of our digestive tract feed on them and produce gas as a byproduct,” said Rebekah Gross, MD, a gastroenterologist at the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.
7. You Eat Too Fast
When it comes to farts, what you eat matters less than how you eat it. If you inhale your food, this is where the problem develops, because you swallow more air when you eat or drink. Burping can help you get the air out of your stomach, but the air that does remain can find its way into your lower digestive tract and result in gas. You can also swallow extra air when you chew gum, suck on hard candy or drink through a straw.