Farts can tell you a lot about your health; they’re not just funny or embarrassing cultural stigmas. Sometimes foods are the root cause of your smelly farts.
Broccoli, almonds, cauliflowers, and Brussels sprouts can all have this affect. Foods high in sulfur like eggs and meat can also make your farts smelly. That doesn’t mean you should avoid these foods though.
“Bacteria that make sulfide gas are really important,” says Purna Kashyap, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic. “They can cause smelliness, but they can reduce the total amount of gas flow.”
Kashyap says most people feel like they have more gas than the average person, and they’re almost always wrong. They may have slightly more intense gas, and a higher fiber diet and increase the amount of gas you have, but you’re probably normal.
“Eating foods that cause gas is the only way for the microbes in the gut to get nutrients,” he told NPR. “If we didn’t feed them carbohydrates, it would be harder for them to live in our gut.”
On average, we fart fourteen times a day. That’s a half a liter of gas, according to Dr. Anish Sheth, author of “What Your Poo Is Telling You.”
Still, something we all do 14 times a day is still taboo.
Chances are, your farts are healthy, but it’s your bowel movements you should be concerned with. If you experience a sudden change in your bowel movements, it’s probably time to see a doctor.