Farting. It’s just a part of life.
In fact, a healthy person farts between 10 and 20 times a day. And even though most of us do our best to keep this particular bodily function private, we’ve all been in a room when individuals let one rip and the stench filled the space. Not to give credence to the “he who smelt it, dealt it” saying, but that person might have even been you.
Luckily, we have science to tell us just what’s going on in our bodies and how to avoid these stinky embarrassments.
Dr. Myron Brand, a gastroenterologist, recently spoke to Thrillist about why farts smell.
He said, “Smelly odor is not bad, it’s just government functions of what you’re eating and what your bacteria is doing inside your gastrointestinal tract. Everyone is different. Foul smell just means the carbohydrates you eat are being malabsorbed — it’s fermented.”
Unfortunately, eating healthy foods can lead to more gas.
According to fitness and nutrition scientist Cassandra Forsythe, apple, pear, watermelon, cabbage, asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic, avocado, mushrooms, and cauliflower are some of the biggest flatulence delinquents.
Dr. Brand recommends a high-protein diet with a low carbohydrate intake for fewer nose-plugging moments.
However, it’s important be pointed out that smelly farts are just kind of one of the purposes of the deal for humans.
If you’re experiencing an excess of flatulence, though, it’s good to check in with a doctor. If it’s merely the smell that’s bothering you, try incorporating more protein into your diet.