Farting is a 100% natural (but sometimes 200% shameful!) phenomenon that occurs when there is an excess of gas in the intestines that our body must evacuate.
But where does this gas come from? Well mainly:
- either a hyper-absorption of outside air (a phenomenon better known as aerophagia, which means that you swallow air),
- or else a hyper-production of gas internally . Indeed, during digestion, not all foods are broken down in the small intestine (often because they contain complex carbohydrates which are more difficult for the body to assimilate). They are therefore sent to the large intestine, where bacteria will feed on them and break them down as they pass. The catch is that when gut bacteria digest food, they release gas in the large intestine. And when our intestine contains an overflow of gas, the best way to evacuate it… is to fart!
Here is a top 10 foods that, either by hyper-absorption or hyper-production of gas make us fart… to avoid before a tryst or a meal with the in-laws!
Farting is a 100% natural (but sometimes 200% shameful!) phenomenon that occurs when there is an overflow of gas in the intestines that our body must evacuate. But where does this gas come from? Well mainly:
- either a hyper-absorption of outside air(a phenomenon better known as aerophagia, which means that you swallow air),
- or else a hyper-production of gas internally. Indeed, during digestion, not all foods are broken down in the small intestine (often because they contain complex carbohydrates which are more difficult for the body to assimilate). They are therefore sent to the large intestine, where bacteria will feed on them and break them down as they pass. The catch is that when gut bacteria digest food, they release gas in the large intestine. And when our intestine contains an overflow of gas, the best way to evacuate it… is to fart!
Here is a top 10 foods that, either by hyper-absorption or by hyper-production of gas make us fart… to avoid before a tryst or a meal with the in-laws!
When we think of starchy foods (yes, it happens more often than we think!), the first thing we say to ourselves is that they bring energy to our body. Unfortunately, they also often bring us gas!
In fact, potatoes, wheat, corn, white bread and pasta (to name only the most famous starchy foods) all have the particularity of being rich in starch, a complex carbohydrate that is difficult for us to digest. body, which causes a large production of intestinal gas.
The only notable exception to the table: rice!
3. Raw vegetables
Everyone knows it: vegetables are excellent both for health and for the line. But beware: when you have a rather fragile intestinal flora, raw vegetables can be a source of flatulence!
The explanation is simple: when we eat raw vegetables, our stomach takes longer to digest them than when they are cooked (because their fibers break down less easily). However, when our body has trouble digesting food, it sends it to the large intestine where bacteria (totally harmless!) will take care of breaking it down. And, in doing so, release certain gases, like… methane. Gas which will then have to be evacuated from our intestine. Via flatulence for example!
Dairy products have many advantages: they are packed with calcium, they are rich in protein, they represent a very interesting source of vitamins. The only downside: they can, in some people, be synonymous with bloating and flatulence . Whoops !
The cause of all this is none other than lactose, the main sugar in milk. When we consume a reasonable amount of dairy products, everything is fine, because our small intestine contains a sufficient number of lactases to assimilate lactose. But if you ingest too much, the lactases will not be enough… which will lead to difficult digestion of dairy products, with the key to bloating and gas galore!
A little tip for people who like dairy products but have trouble digesting them: choose them with fermented milk!
What do lentils, dried beans, beans, fava beans, split peas, chickpeas, and all legumes for that matter have in common? Well when you consume it, there is a great “chance” that it will end in flatulence!
The reason is quite simple: pulses are fermentable foods. In short: when we consume pulses, their digestion mainly involves the bacteria located in our large intestine, which break down the undigested food through the digestive tract (this is called fermentation).
However, when the bacteria have finished feeding on these foods, they digest them… by releasing gases, which will eventually accumulate in our intestines. And the best way to evacuate them is to fart!
Crucifers (green cabbage, headed cabbage, red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower… the whole cabbage family!) may have many health benefits, but it’s hard not to associate them with digestive discomfort, bloating and flatulence…
And for good reason: the raffinose contained in all crucifers is a substance which, once present in our digestive tract, tends to produce intestinal gas in large quantities. Not very glam’ all that!
Cherry on the cake ? As crucifers are vegetables rich in sulfur compounds, when you eat them and you fart, the gases emitted are often very odorous.
Cruciferous fans can be reassured: when you steam or stew cabbage, you greatly minimize the risk of flatulence!
7. Soft drinks
When you consume a carbonated drink, you swallow liquid, but also… gas (surprising, isn’t it?!) . And when our stomach finds itself full of gas, this results in: a swelling of the belly (because the walls of the intestine, once filled with air, will distend) which can be accompanied by pain, and farts in abundance to evacuate this overflow of gas in the intestine!
Moral: when you are prone to bloating, it is better to avoid consuming carbonated drinks too often (both carbonated water and light soda, lemonade or sparkling alcohols, and even less yeast-based beers which more will ferment!). And above all, we avoid drinking soft drinks during the meal, at the risk of having twice as much difficulty digesting!
8. Chewing gum
In terms of intestinal discomfort, chewing gum ranks in the same category as soft drinks. Yes: when you chew gum, you absolutely only swallow… air . What, in medicine, is known under the term aerophagia!
And when we have excess air in our stomach, it causes the walls of our intestines and our tummy to swell. This will result in bloating, pain, not to mention gas when our intestine wants to evacuate all the air that clutters it unnecessarily!
So to avoid farting untimely, we definitely stop ruminating! To keep breath fresh after a meal, it is better to dilute a few drops of thyme essential oil in a glass of water.
9. Certain sugars
Certain sugars present in our diet are reputed to produce intestinal gas in a more or less significant way (that’s a reputation). It’s about :
- Raffinose, a sugar present in crucifers, but also asparagus, and in very large quantities in beans,
- Fructose, a sugar found in onions, wheat, pears and artichokes for example,
- Sorbitol, a sugar naturally present in certain fruits such as peaches, apples, or even plums.
These foods are therefore to be avoided in people who are highly prone to flatulence… or at least in moderate quantities!
10. Soluble fiber
Soluble fibers are fibers that have the particularity of easily dissolving in water, and forming a kind of gel in our intestine. They are found in foods like oat bran, seeds, nuts, beans, barley, carrots, rye bread, peaches, and most fruits.
Unlike insoluble fibers (which do not change form during their passage through the intestine), they promote flatulence insofar as they are digested only in the large intestine, where their decomposition and fermentation will lead to the production intestinal gas.
The solution to better digest soluble fibers? Consume them by drinking plenty of water during the meal!
11. Foods that are too fatty
Pastries, dishes in sauce, crisps, biscuits, creams, cold meats, sweets, cheeses and other fried foods are not really gifts for our silhouette and our brand image… Because in addition to making us fat, they provoke us often bloating and gas!
This is very easy to explain: when we eat foods that are too fatty and too rich, our body takes longer to digest them, and they therefore tend to ferment in our intestines. This will cause heaviness and/or stomach pain, digestive discomfort… but also a farandole of farts to evacuate all the intestinal gas generated by fermentation.