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Why Do Some People’s Fart Smell More Than Others?

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Farts are physiological outcomes but are caused by bacteria in the colon, these bacteria produce hydrogen and methane. The stink however comes when these bacteria are fed with sulphur-rich foods. It only constitutes 1% of the gas but does raise a stink. Remove foods high on sulphur from your diet like cabbage and cheese and replace them with fish and avocados.

James Dudley

Curejoy Expert James Dudley Explains:

Even though farting is one of the most natural physiological outcomes, farts can be really embarrassing for producer and consumers alike. A lot of us try really hard to control ourselves from exploding during the day fearing social isolation and being a butt of jokes (literally!!). What we all realize though is that when alone the joy of letting go is satisfying to the core.

Farts are byproducts of a lot of factors including air we swallow, chemical reactions on food in the GI tract, gas expelled by bacteria in the colon, and gases absorbed from blood by the colon. Out of all gases oxygen (completely absorbed by the body), carbon dioxide (generated from digestion process) and nitrogen (the least absorbed by the body), do not produce any smell.

[Read: What Do Pungent Farts Say About Your Health?]

Bacteria in the large intestine produce hydrogen and methane but their amounts are negligible and almost absent in most people. The reason why farts stink bad is due to increase in sulfur-containing compounds like hydrogen sulfide and mercaptans produced by gut bacteria when your diet is loaded with sulfur-rich food like broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy, meat (beef/pork), eggs, cheese, whole cow’s milk, garlic, onions, horseradish, and sulfite preserved foods like wine and dried fruits. Even though sulfur constitutes 1% of the gas, it is enough to raise a stink.

Eliminate high sulfite foods from your diet and substitute them with their low sulfur counterparts such as fish, chicken, ginger, chili peppers, avocados, eggplant, spinach, and carrots. The more time gas stays in your gut the more the bacterial action on it, making any food produce stinkers. So keep your bowels active and moving by maximizing intake of fresh fruits, veggies and fiber rich foods, and hydrate with lots of water. Till then, practice the straight-faced “It wasn’t me” expression.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Giovanni Valentinni
Giovanni Valentinni 5pts

Even if you eat healthy you can still have smelly farts...don't lie..haha

Sabr'iï Naà
Sabr'iï Naà 5pts

Am vegetarian but it happens I'm in this case it's what I eat sometimes they don't like to be together

David Warshavsky
David Warshavsky 5pts

OMG !...After countless churches and Zen centers !..I've been searching for years !

Frederika Zig
Frederika Zig 5pts

For the same reason why their mouth is so stinky....... bleah ! They are rotting plus eat too much animal foods. Or they eat fermented cabbage hahahah

Mehrul Khattak
Mehrul Khattak 5pts

Suppose we talk about something else then FARTS.

Jackie 'Amba' Cohen-Hope
Jackie 'Amba' Cohen-Hope 5pts

Flesh takes hours to be digested so becomes putrid in the digestive tract...so you are really smelling rotten acid laden meat.....YUK!!!

Mikey Rae
Mikey Rae 5pts

I literally farted while reading this

Travis Culp
Travis Culp 5pts

Hahaha I'm weak, I found my answer Natalie Spidle lol

Helen Rossi
Helen Rossi 5pts

Yes seriously. Why are people trying to answer the question instead of reading the well researched article.

Yallie Alona
Yallie Alona 5pts

Ha ha ha. This is a funny demo.. As the saying goes, you are what you eat.

Emily Reid
Emily Reid 5pts

Every time I see stuff like this I think of Connor! Luke Cazaly hahaha scarred for life

Caridad J. Hilaire
Caridad J. Hilaire 5pts

Monthly Laxatives play a huge part, and people don't even take one yearly.

Elisabeth Perales Elizondo
Elisabeth Perales Elizondo 5pts

Ventura Moreno Perla Gracia Dora Capetillo Yadira Padilla Casandra Sandoval Veronica Rodriguez Yashi Jazmin Moreno Gabriela Rodriguez-Gracia.....osea q verduritas fish and chikin! Ok..??? Aight.

Jolie Blanchard
Jolie Blanchard 5pts

Personally overly spicy foods is the only time I can't handle mine. Ha!

Joan Gogue Jacob
Joan Gogue Jacob 5pts

If you have more if the bad bacteria than the good ones, then the smell get worse!!!! Clean up your guts guys!!!!

Jay Mook
Jay Mook 5pts

Fresh Oven baked cookies!