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Flatulence Causes And Foods That Give You Foul Smelling Gas

Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


What is flatulence

First of all let’s talk about flatulence, what it is and the different ways we can contract this "flatulence". In some cultures, like mine, we call it gas. It's one in the same.

According to the dictionary, flatulence is when the alimentary canal has been affected by excessive gas. The alimentary canal is basically all the organs that are involved in the digestion of food starting with the mouth and ending with the anus.

The buildup of this excessive gas in the alimentary canal needs to be released and is usually done so though the anus. The sound you hear is the gas vibrating off the anal sphincter as it passes through the closed buttocks.

The gas in the alimentary canal is actually a mixture of several gasses known as flatus, some people wish to say "fart". Fart by the way is not a bad word because the flatus was formerly known as fart.



Flatus is composed of several gasses that are either ingested directly through the nose and mouth or the gasses that are given off the food when being digested. All food carry gasses, some more than others.

The anatomy of flatus listed in the manner of quantity

· Nitrogen

· Carbon dioxide

· Methane

· Hydrogen

Methane and hydrogen are very flammable so be careful of combustion…sorry….if the flatus has a a certain amount of these they can be ignited.

Flatulence causes

There are different factors relating to the buildup of gas in our system and these can range from eating disorders to the types of foods we eat.

Here are some flatulence causes

1. Indigestion – Food not given the chance to properly digest will cause a buildup of gas in the stomach.

· Digestion starts in the mouth and food needs to be properly masticated before it reaches the stomach.

· You should also make sure you drink water after a meal as this will help to soften the food to break it down much easier.

· Wait at least 2 – 3 hours after eating before you lay down

· Never eat too fast

· Don’t eat too slow

· Rule of thumb and table etiquette requires that you DO NOT sip during bites as this allows air to be ingested while you eat.


2. Undercooked food - Bean and peas. Undercooked foods especially beans and peas can give off quite some steam! Make sure they are properly cooked before consuming. Not only are undercooked beans and peas gaseous but toxic too. There are have been incidents of toxicity due to the consumption of the foods when undercooked


3. Some types of foods – some types of foods are especially known to cause excessive gas and bloating. Some of these foods are:

· Peas and beans

· Broccoli, cauliflower

· Potatoes

· Pasta and other starchy foods

· Onions, peppers and garlic

· Prune juice

· Soda and gum

· Wheat and oats

· Bananas

· peaches, apricots, pears, and apples

· celery, artichokes and asparagus


4. Waiting too long to eat

5. Ingesting air through the nose and mouth

6. Lactose intolerance

· Milk

· Cheese

· Ice-cream


Foul Smelling Gas

Occasional foul smelling gas is not so bad and is usually caused from the foods we eat. Some of these foods might be egg yolks, red meats, dairy products. This smell comes from undigested foods that were left in the bowels and have started to rot. In most cases the stool from these foods will also smell bad too.

But continual foul smelling gas is a sure sign of a digestive and bowel disorder. If you are not digesting your food properly then it is going to rot inside you and you will always have that smelly gas coming out. A digestive and bowel disorder needs to be treated.

A study in the United Kingdom shows that people who eat more vegetables than meat are less likely to develop a digestive or bowel disorder. More fiber and roughage in the diet will cleanse the digestive tract and prevent the fermentation of other foods such as meats and starches as these are usually the main culprits in smelly gas.

Of the over 47,000 persons who participated in the research, the results showed that the risk of the disorder was reduced by 31% in those who consumed primarily vegetables. This decreased risk also helps to decrease the risk of colon cancer significantly.

Prevention of flatulence and foul smelling gas

It is very difficult to prevent flatulence but we can definitely reduce the frequency of its occurrence. Here are some tips

· Eat regularly

· Drink a lot of water

· Don’t drink between bites

· Don’t talk while chewing food

· Chew less gum

· Eat more fiber

· Reduce starchy foods intake

· Reduce dairy intake – yogurt does not cause gas and actually helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract.


Here are some tips on reducing the gassy effect of some food culprits

· Use a vinaigrette dressing for bean salads or salads with other gaseous vegetables

· Make sure peas and beans are very well cooked

· Soak peas and beans in water with a teaspoon of baking powder or soda before cooking. Drain and rinse beans.

· If cooking dried beans add a pinch of baking powder or soda to boiling water

· Taking an over the counter anti-gas medicine before or after eating.



Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 26, 2013:

LOL..the comments are getting more hilarious! lol

kikibruce from New York on April 26, 2013:

A well-respected philosophy professor that I know once brilliantly stated, "Everything about a fart is funny." And we have a saying in our house about where flatulence is forbidden,"No backfiring in the kitchen."

Oh and to the poster above, I once saw an obnoxious frat boy light his farts on fire. And I am embarrassed to say that it was hilarious to see flames shooting out of his rear.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 25, 2013:

LOL LOL HAHAHA...LOL...Trying ti find something as funny to say but that was beats me....lol

Thanks for the laugh Eugbug!

Eugene Brennan from Ireland on April 25, 2013:

I've always wondered whether lighting a fart is an urban myth. I haven't been brave enough to try this - yet! FART is also an acronym for Free Air through Rear Tunnel!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 24, 2013:

Hello Agalia, sorry about the videos, could be a browser issue but I'll double check them anyway. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Annette Gagliardi from Minneapolis on April 24, 2013:

this was an informative hub! thank you. The videos did not have audio for me. Too bad.

Great job, Cardisa.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 22, 2013:

Thanks Sue. Have a great day!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on April 22, 2013:

Brave subject matter! Well Done!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 22, 2013:

Hello Condominium, thanks for stopping by and I really hope your next dinner party is a success.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 22, 2013:

Hi Peachpurple, onions do tend to make us a little more gassy that normal. Thanks for stopping by.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 21, 2013:

informative hub. When i eat onions, i let go the gas easily. Thumbs up

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on April 21, 2013:

You're welcome. Rotten food smells pretty awful! That's for sure-we do let off some pretty rotten odors!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 21, 2013:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, I was feeling kinda mischievous when I wrote it...lol..

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 20, 2013:

Oh my, how brave you are to tackle this topic. I don't know why toots are funny but glad you gave some tips on prevention. Hehehe.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on April 20, 2013:

Thanks Gail. Just imagine how food smells when rotted outside of the body. Sometimes we let off some pretty rotten odors...lol

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on April 20, 2013:

Gas is a problem when there's a lot of it. Very interesting, too. The gas odor sure does smell pretty foul. Its funny how food can rot inside the digestive tract. Nice hub, too.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 22, 2013:

Thanks Bzikone. Have a nice day.

bzirkone from Kansas on March 21, 2013:

Hilarious. Farts are just funny, I don't care who ya' are. Good Hub. I'll share it on Facebook.

Ashok Goyal from 448 Dalima Vihar Rajpura 140401 Punjab India on March 13, 2013:

Fact, Nobody would like to share

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 12, 2013:

Hi Tayshia, well I would not recommend beans on any date....leave out the chilli! lol

Ronald Joseph Kule from Florida on March 12, 2013:

LOL, Cardisa!

Tayshia on March 12, 2013:

Hello, Cardisa! I had to stop by when I saw the first picture, I LOL'd at my desk at work! Great information too. What NOT to eat on a date!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 12, 2013:

Nice windy poetry Kulewriter..lol...Thanks for the comment.

Ronald Joseph Kule from Florida on March 12, 2013:

Neither heat nor wind nor

storm or rain shall restrain

the muscle that is the bane

of man or woman's human

existence: the sphincter ...

let 'er rip, I say, or

Rest In Peace.

(Seriously, though, well-informed Hub, Cardisa.)

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on February 21, 2013:

Hello Vacation Trip, thanks. You have a great day as well.

Susan from India on February 20, 2013:

Hi Cardisa,

You have explained everything very well. Good Day.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on February 20, 2013:

Hello Myfuture37, you have added the most interesting part of this topic! I remember having to hold the darn thing in then running to the bathroom to let it out. Then one day he asked me how come I used the bathroom to quickly and I told him what I did there and he was surprised that I would hide and do it. He is from a family that does it where ever they are and not afraid to offend people. Personally I have never heard my mom fart. I have never heard my aunt whom I grew up with fart either. My family is kind of prim and proper so it took me a while to doit in his presence and even now, I will get off the bed (even if it's in the middle of the night) before I break wind.

Ellen Cayzer on February 19, 2013:

Yes Gas! What an interesting topic. When a couple first shares a bed together is that not one of the greatest fears? Oh my I am sure he will be shocked if he witnesses me breaking wind. You begin to wish he would do one first just to sort of get the topic out in the open. You wake up and find him gazing lovingly at you, he smiles and says goodmorning. You respond with a slight strain to your voice and then OH NO he witnesses your disgrace. Always remember to use a little common courtesy when passing gas. Open the car window before rather then after. When snuggling on the couch enjoying a television program with your spouse, point it away from not towards your spouse. In bed don't hold the covers tightly trying to suffocate it, let it loose so it will dissipate. If your spouse does one that doesn't sound quite right. Politely ask if they would like a little tissue to go with that.

Not a Gum Eater on February 13, 2013:

Who eats gum?

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on January 03, 2013:

Hi Alecia, beans in and of themselves will make you gassy regardless of whether or not they are cooked because of the oligosaccharides in them. However, when the beans are undercooked they can cause adverse discomfort of even make you sick due to a substance called lectin or phytohaemagglutinin which is a natural insecticide found in the bean. Cooking the beans properly will reduce the effects of gassiness. Conclusion is that undercooked beans will make you much gassier than properly cooked beans.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on December 28, 2012:

Gas is funny at times but it's not funny how it affects your body. I didn't know the reason beans give you gas is that they are undercooked. I thought it was something in the beans themselves.

A lot of the gaseous offenders are some of my favorite foods but since I have cut down on drinking while eating. This hub is useful and very helpful. Voted up and shared!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on December 22, 2012:

Hi Pooky. It depends. If you just ate and few minutes ago and you find yourself blasting away, that could be due to air in the intestines and stomach because you probably missed a meal or took too long to eat. Eating beans can make you gassy within a couple of hours, 3 -4 hours is the time taken to digest the food so you can definitely blame the beans then. Some food take longer to break down than others so it's a safe bet that an hour later can be blamed on some foods.

Pooky on December 22, 2012:

Wondering how you know WHICH food causes your gas...when I have gas do I blame what I just ate an hour ago or something I had 4-5 hours ago?


Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on December 04, 2012:

Lemonkerdz, this is probably the only article that is seriously informative and funny at the same time...lol...I guess the way I write doesn't help either.

Thanks, and feel free to let loose. Have a great day.

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on December 04, 2012:

That is a funny hub. not sure whether others would appreciate sharing it...hey but what the heck.

very interesting reading. Now after reading this we all have good reason to just, let it out...in an apropiate place. voted up

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 08, 2012:

LOL...thanks for the tip, I will try that!

Have a great day!

Debbie Roberts from Greece on March 08, 2012:

Hi Cardisa, it seems to work. I can cook dry beans and all sorts of vegetable soups without danger of killing the budgie!!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 07, 2012:

Hi Debbie, now I understand. I wonder if it works. I'll have to try to see. I am not a pressure cooker fan but we have been discussing getting one. So when I do, I'll have to test that theory.

Does it work for you?

Debbie Roberts from Greece on March 06, 2012:

Hi Cardisa, rereading my comment I realise it sounds a little confusing, sorry.

If you cook foods that normally cause flatulence in a pressure cooker, for some reason they won't cause flatulence. It's apparently to something to do with cooking them under quickly and under intense pressure.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 06, 2012:

Hi Debbie, actually it was a question asked by a hubber.

I am not sure I understand the cooking gas bit. I find that there are times when I don't get gassy after eating beans and another time I just want to combust!

Thanks for stopping by.

Debbie Roberts from Greece on March 06, 2012:

Love the subject!! Although I'm not sure I want to know what inspired you to write it. Cooking gas causing foods like beans and lentils in a pressure cooker reduces the chemicals in food that create gas. We eat a lot of beans and I can vouch that it works!!

A fun hub, loved it!!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 06, 2012:

Thanks Green Lotus, I was going to make it a funny hub but I thought it was a serious subject that needed some attention.

Have a great day!

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on March 06, 2012:

I have to hand it to you. This is probably the first time I've ever read something on farting without laughing! I can just imagine the level of self-control those researchers and subjects in the UK study had to endure. Cheers and stay sweet.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 06, 2012:

Laughing so hard right now! Your friends and followers are going have a great time with this.

jenubouka on March 06, 2012:

he, he, he,

This one is going to be fun, THanks!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 06, 2012:

Jen, you are quite welcome to use it! lol, can't wait to see it as your avatar....lol

jenubouka on March 05, 2012:

Mind if I use that first photo as my HP avatar?

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 05, 2012:

Hi Stella, we ended up with two comments so I deleted the last one. :)

While looking for photos, those two popped up and I just couldn't resist using them! lol

Thanks for reading and I really like that you found it funny.

Have a wonderful Monday afternoon.

StellaSee from California on March 05, 2012:

Ahaha~ I can't stop laughing about this hub and everyone else seems to have something thoughtful to say! Anyway, I love how you included the picture with the fire coming out of the man's butt..my chem teacher told us that when you light a fart, it turns into like a blow torch because of the methane..I guess it's true! Great job Cardisa I enjoyed reading this one :D

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 05, 2012:

Hi James, I am glad you like my narrators..lol I will try to remember to always give you cute ones! I bet you didn't hear a word she said...lol

Have a wonderful day my friend!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 05, 2012:

Hi Jen, I placed that photo there for that exact reaction..lol.

This is a very touchy subject for some people. Of all the foods that causes gas, beans are the biggest culprits.

Have a great day!

James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on March 05, 2012:

Very interesting hub, Carolee, and I didn't know that about the toxicity about beans and using baking powder with the process of cooking. Thank you, and thank you for another cute food and health narrator. (Actually the last one was "pretty." This one is "cute.")

jenubouka on March 05, 2012:

Kudos to you for writing about a subject some would rather not discuss. I must say, your first picture had me rolling, although the info was indeed valuable and very educational. Beans are especially important to cook thoroughly and I try to remember to soak them first, this seems to help the aftershock.

You sure gave me a smile today, and what a great pile of info...Thanks

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 05, 2012:

Thank you Eye Say. It can be an embarrassing subject especially if you are talking about yourself. Many people hide that fact that they do have a problem, but everyone has gas and that's what they need to understand.

Have a wonderful day.

eye say from Canada on March 04, 2012:

Needs to be said, understood and you explained it beautifully. I feel intestinal issues are not discussed enough, so I really appreciate this hub, you give lots of really good detailed info that's imperative.

Thanks for great the hub!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Thanks Rasta. It also is a sign of a disorder too.


Marvin Parke from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Ha, thanks for touching on this topic. Gas is an indication of overall health. good hub.

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Thank you Dexter! I know a lot of people have this kind of issue and have no idea what to do about it. I also know it can be embarrassing when in public...lol

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on March 04, 2012:

Hi Cardisa! You have provided some great information on a tough subject. Great job! Voted up, up and away!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Hey Kelly, Thanks! I couldn't help but chuckle a few time while writing it...lol

Have a blessed day!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Hi Susan, he probably suffers from indigestion due to lying down too early after eating.

Have a great Sunday!

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Hi Waynet, thanks for the question. Couldn't resist answering it!

Don't stink them out too much you might combust!...lol

Carolee Samuda (author) from Jamaica on March 04, 2012:

Hi Robie2, I found the photo while searching Google images...lol

Thanks for vote. Have a great day.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 04, 2012:

Oh Cardisa! I have to vote you up across the board - useful? Uh huh, funny, uh huh!, and all the rest:))) hilarious and brilliant!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 04, 2012:

I found that when I used to eat KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken, it would cause me to have a lot of gas. Mostly all greasy foods do this to me. Your hub explains a lot about someone that I know who constantly has gas. He lies down when he eats all the time. Never could see doing this but I'll tell him about reading your hub.

Wayne Tully from Hull City United Kingdom on March 04, 2012:

Great! A comprehensive guide to eat the right foods to stink out my family in the process! I'll be tooting like a trumpet for many days to come now cheers for this!

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on March 04, 2012:

Now, this is a very useful, practical hub I must say LOL and where did you find that graphic at the beginning. It is a hoot-- voting up and useful

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