Foods That Cause Farts
First let me say that I wanted a picture to go along with this Hub, but then decided that, no, I didn't really want a picture having anything to do with both farts and food. If you are interested in the visual elements of farting, try YouTube. Lots of hilarious videos, involving drunk people, matches, and farts.
27,000 YouTube fart videos, mainly of people lighting farts on fire. Kids, don't try this at home. Go out in the woods. During a rainstorm. And take your cell phone; you'll need it when you call 911.
Now, I enjoy a good loud fart as much as the next guy, but, really, there are times and places I don't want to fart. It can be useful to know what foods make you fart more, and which don't.
First, the more constipated you are, the more you will fart and the smellier they will be. Farts are caused mainly by bacteria breaking down undigested food in your gut. The gas is the waste product of the bacteria. Basically, bacteria poop and pee, but gassy.
What foods cause constipation and farting? Easy. The foods below are listed worst on top.
- Wheat, especially refined white flour products. I used to follow the traditional 'healthy' diet. I ate lots of whole grain foods, and even did a lot of baking myself. I had lots of gas and lots of constipation. When I got constipated I would eat those super-high-fiber breakfast cereals, and sure enough that 'cured' my constipation, by giving me diarrhea. So I alternated between constipation and diarrhea. During that whole period of my life I did not eat a low-fiber diet, but ate lots of whole-grain foods, home-grown veggies and fruits. I got lots of farts and constipation anyway. Whole grain wheat and other grains are bad, but the refined versions are far worse. Avoid them. Wheat is a poison.
- Processed, concentrated foods. Even though I thought I was eating a healthy diet, I did occasionally eat unhealthy foods, snacks, energy bars and the like. Instant constipation. Those tubes of identical potato chips, made from ultra-processed potato mash, were the worst. I think they are actually made of cement mix, not potatoes, by the effect they had on my guts.
- Some foods that we would normally think of as healthy can also cause constipation, and therefore farts. Bananas and cheese, for example. If you tend towards constipation, limit these. (insert cutting cheese joke here)
- The stinky gases are formed from sulfur. Some foods have a lot of sulfur in them. The worst for farts are the Brassicaceae, all vegetables related to the broccoli and cabbage, including kale and Brussels sprouts. Not only do these have lots of sulfur, but they also have lots of rough fiber, which feeds the gas-producing bacteria. These foods, however, do not cause constipation, and they have valuable nutrients. Avoid them only if you want to avoid really stinky farts.
- Beans, of course. Beans have plenty of sulfur, and also contain indigestible (by humans) materials. The bacteria digest them just fine, and give off all that wonderful gas as they do. Beans do contain some useful nutrients, and if you are a vegetarian, you pretty much have to eat them and just put up with the gas, or take Beano. And here is a link to the official Beano company list of fartipherous foods. Note the grain products and vegetables they list.
High fiber foods may not cause constipation, but they do often cause farts. Low-fiber, concentrated, industrially processed foods also cause farts. So what is left? What foods don't cause farts?
Again, easy. Fat, fatty meats, oils. The natural foods of the human animal. We have simple stomachs with high HCL (hydrochloric acid) for digesting meat. Just like a dog, wolf or lion. We are designed to eat meat. We also have a fairly long small intestine, so we can and obviously do digest plant matter to a certain degree, though nowhere nearly as well as a true herbivore like a cow or horse. Our large intestine, where many herbivores digest plant fiber, is simple and short, and we don't have a complex chambered stomach like a cow, so we can't digest much plant-based food.
Dogs fart, but check out the ingredient list on the dog food. Dog food is mostly grain, wheat, corn, sometimes rice or oats. It also includes beans, usually soybeans for fat and protein. The exact same foods that cause farts in humans. If your dog has nasty farts, check the ingredient list on his food. Dogs are like people, they can eat plant-based foods, but are not really well designed for them.
This may sound crazy, and many web sites you go to on the subject of avoiding farts will advise against meat. But those web sites are run by vegetarians, people who have a philosophical aversion to meat. They would tell you anything to get you to stop eating meat. I am not saying they are lying to you, just that their opinions are stronger than their evidence.
Besides, humans are omnivores, and our bodies adapt to the diet we are eating. If you are a vegetarian, and suddenly start eating meat again, it may take a few days or weeks for your body to begin producing the natural enzymes to digest it, depending on how long and how fanatical you have been about avoiding meat. For some period of time, meat may cause mild intestinal distress, including farts. It goes away.
I know for a fact that a diet consisting of almost entirely meat and fat will stop constipation, and farts. It took only two days on this diet for my digestion to begin improving. In just days my constipation ceased, and my farts. My wife was so relieved that even though she thought it a simply crazy diet, she never complained (much). It took me longer to figure out that the bananas and cheese were also causing problems, and after I limited those, I very rarely had any constipation or farts, or any digestive problems at all. I had an endoscopic camera put down my throat, and the doctor commented on how unusually healthy my stomach and small intestine looked.
Add to that all of the other health benefits of this diet, and it is a simple choice. Eat your meat, leafy greens and fruits. Throw in some nuts and eggs for variety.
Comment on Food That Causes Farts And Farting. Fart Here!
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on October 03, 2016:
Yes. Bananas can make you constipated, which will make you fart more.
Fatima on October 03, 2016:
Does the banana makes you fart?
CLM on April 10, 2014:
The last few months ive been on a high protein diet. I notice Im more gassy when I eat nuts and beans than when I eat mostly meat. I drink 2-3 protein shakes per day with 2 scoops of whey so i always have some form of flatulence.
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on March 25, 2014:
Hi Justin. I have no problem with comments that disagree with anything I posted. Welcome to the conversation. You may, however, want to do a bit more than superficial research on the topic of diet, particularly ancestral diets. Science is your friend.
Justin on March 25, 2014:
I'm a nutritionist in training. The person who wrote this article has a very superficial idea of how the human body works. The physiology of our body demands a high carbohydrate diet. 40-65% Carbohydrates, 10-35% Proteins and 10 - 25% Fats. Don't listen to this guy, following a High Fat/Protein - Low Carbohydrate diet has long term health consequences as a result of a lack of important vitamins and minerals which leads to kidney damage, obesity and deficiency. Our bodies main source of energy is Fruit, Vegetables, Nuts and Whole grains. If you look back to ancient times, the wealthy were fat cause they ate to many animal products. It's why 40% of the global population is overweight. Remember to question the things people write. Especially if there is no evidence to support their claims.
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on November 06, 2013:
Yes, it is normal. But some things can cause more farting.
N8ive on November 05, 2013:
I always thought that farting was part of a healthy digestive system.
mary on October 30, 2013:
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on October 23, 2013:
It really is very simple. Google "paleo diet" for more info. Essentially, you try to eat the foods humans were designed to eat, and avoid foods we were not. Specifically for farting, that means avoiding anything that encourages constipation, like heavily processed grains, especially wheat. Beans are also mostly indigestible without lengthy cooking, and the undigested portions add to farts. Fatty meat does not cause farting.
mary on October 23, 2013:
can you give us more details about that diet you follow with meat and fat that would be very helpful!:)
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on October 13, 2013:
Thanks for you kind and thoughtful comment, Randomveganazi. You might be surprised to know that I did actually do a bit of research prior to writing this. You might want to click through on that link to Beano, and see what the experts say are the main causes of farting.
As for the rest of it, why should I value your opinion, experience or knowledge over my own? 17 hours? Pretty random factoid, without any practical meaning. Humans are omnivores. Meat and veggies are a natural part of the diet. You may not like it, but so what?
Randomvegannazi on October 13, 2013:
Please get your facts straight before you spread your self made theories. The human digestive system is designed to eat greens. Wonder why does it take so long to digest a stinky steak (yeah dead animal flesh can rot in your stomach for 17 hours) and just a few hours for veggies?
The goal is a fairly alkaline diet, so meat is a no-no. Other than that there are only benefits if you follow a natural, raw diet. Look at the people who look like 30 when in reality they are 60...
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on December 27, 2012:
Eat your broccoli and cabbage, and lots of white bread then. That should help!
Mr. Fart on December 26, 2012:
I like to make real stinky farts
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on November 04, 2012:
Thank you Ren, for your helpful words...
Ren Faiz on November 04, 2012:
Though there may be some useful information in this article, it is quite difficult to get into, because of the poor writing and grammar.
The author needs to take a comprehensive series of remedial English and writing classes, and come up to a high school graduation level.
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on September 15, 2012:
Most processed foods have had the fiber removed, so they tend to cause constipation which results in gas. Others contain wheat or soy, both of which cause gas. Not every single processed food is necessarily bad.
gus23489 on September 15, 2012:
how does processed food give you gas
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on June 01, 2012:
Farting is endlessly funny. Go right ahead!
internationalearn on June 01, 2012:
Now this is a great one, you inspired me to take a look at this fun/troubling topic and write something up - this hub will fit in perfectly :)
Neil Butterfield on March 02, 2011:
Brave topic to write about and thanks for not posting any graphics it could have been the catalyst to a lifetime fast for me. :-)
Dink96 from Phoenix, AZ on February 28, 2011:
Thanks. Great hub. We'll take it up with the old boy's vet next time we see him.
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on February 27, 2011:
At that age the dog is just old. It could be evidence of some health problem. Sudden changes in diet might be stressful, even if it is to a 'healthier' diet. I am not a vet or a dietitian.
Dink96 from Phoenix, AZ on February 27, 2011:
I have a 13 YO dog who has recently started to pass a lot of gas. We thought it was a change in dog food. We changed back to prior, but it did not end the gassing. If we give him plain yogurt, that helps it, but we have to do it all the time. Any ideas or tips? I will refrain from descending into the obviously juvenile comments! ;-)
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on February 27, 2011:
I farted once in the presence of an elderly lady. I apologized, and she replied, "everyone farts."
Fiddleman on February 27, 2011:
Why it is I don't know but this phenomenon has always been funny.
tmbridgeland (author) from Small Town, Illinois on January 31, 2011:
Why, thanks. Not my usual style.
escribir on January 31, 2011:
lots of gaseous exchange here, interesting and full of humour well done