– Surprisingly, 99% of gas is odor-free.
– Gas is a healthy, normal byproduct of digestion.
Human break the wind an average of 14 times a day, emitting anywhere from half a liter to more than 2 liters of gas over a 24-period. Surprisingly, 99% of gas is odor-free. Silent ans smelly ones are due to fermentation by bacteria in your colon. Gas is a healthy, normal byproduct of digestion. However, a bad odor can mean a more serious health problem.
Here are possible reasons why your fart smells terrible
The bugs in your gut
During digestion, gut bacteria produce sulfur-containing compounds like hydrogen sulfide that create a stench in your gas. The food you eat can increase the bacteria that live in your colon and that can affect your farts.
Foods rich in sulfur can make your farts smell like rotten eggs. Sulfur-rich foods include garlic,onions, legumes, dried fruits, beer, wine, cabbage and nuts. Animal protein rich in sulfur like eggs, meat and fish could also be the reason.
Lactose passes through the small intestine without being absorbed, travelling downstream to the colon where bacteria feast on it which result to smelly gas, since milk and certain cheese have a high sulfur content. You can also be intolerant to other sugar like sucrose and fructose.
Beans are rich source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and could also make you fart. Beans contain raffinose, a group of sugars that are at least partially responsible for the bloating and gas that can occur after a bean meal.
Sugar alcohols like sorbitol and xylitol canbe found in diet drinks, sugar free candy and some chewing gum. These sweetners cannot be fully absorbed by the body, so they travel to the colon where they can contribute to awful-smelling gas. Giving extra care to your food will help you know if it suagr alcohol are causing your stinky fart or candy.
When you are constipated, feaces hangs around your colon for too long and then bacteria can realy travel down and cause lots of gas.
Certain prescription drugs, vitamins and supplements can make your fart smelly. How badly that gas stinks varies from one person to another.