Farts in private: Oh, so relaxing. Farts in public: Oops, embarrassing! Earlier farts used to be the butt of all jokes, but now scientists are becoming serious about this topic. That’s because nature hasn’t reserved farts only for humans, rather animals and even fishes farts too. Your relationship is real when you can fart in front of each other. That ability and freedom speaks to a very specific comfort. It’s the pinnacle of intimacy, for sure, albeit probably not a very cinematic or fairy tale one, in most people’s (WRONG) opinions. Farts, though, have a bit of a secret identity, if you will.

The gas we pass through a certain channel gets a bad rep, but in reality, it can be pretty interesting, telling stuff. There’s a lot you don’t know about farts. Flatulence is the proper one; pass gas or break wind are pretty polite too. Sometimes that extra air comes out as a burp. 

There’s seriously no point in ignoring farts. They are a part of literally every person’s daily routine. The average human breaks wind between ten and twenty times a day . Be it farts’ notorious aroma component (which, to be fair, does not apply to all farts) or the fact that, well, they enter this mortal world via the portal that is our butts whatever the reason, farts have been relegated as general taboo, allowed to emerge only in joke form and only in certain circumstances. Whatever. I propose we all call BS on this silly practice and start our collective rejection of a fart-fearing culture with a little education. For starters, here’s some interesting facts about farts that’s probably new information to you:

Facts about Farting I bet you didn’t Know

  1. You produce about 500 to 1,500 millilitres of gas per day:

  This might be more than you’d expect, but it’s been measured in controlled studies. The surprisingly hefty amount is the result of bacteria that live in your colon and feed on most of the food you eat.

  There are a lot of carbohydrates that we consume — mainly present in vegetables, grains, and fruits  that our bodies don’t have the enzymes necessary to digest,” he says. “These end up in the large intestine, where microbes chew them apart and use them for energy, through the process of fermentation. As a byproduct, they produce gas.” A huge variety of foods contain these complex carbs that we can’t fully digest: virtually all beans, most vegetables, and anything with whole grains. For most people, this leads to somewhere between five hundred and one thousand, five hundred milliliters of gas daily the equivalent of half a two liter bottle of soda, every single day.

2. Ninety-nine percent of fart we produce any smell:

  One of the reasons we produce so much more gas than we realize is that nearly all of it is odorless.Hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane make up as much as 99 percent of the gas produced in our large intestines by volume. All of these gases are odorless, which is why much of the time, farts don’t actually smell at all.

The potent stink, research has found , is largely due to the one percent or so of compounds with sulfur in them, such as hydrogen sulfide. Bacteria need to consume sulfur to produce sulfurous gases, and though not all foods with complex carbs contain sulfur, many do. They’re mainly foods that you probably already associate with farting things like beans, onions, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and dairy.

3. Vegetarians fart more:

  Well, for the most part anyway. Generally speaking, vegetarians tend to eat more beans than their meat-eating counterparts. Beans contain carbohydrates made of molecules too large for absorption into the small intestine during digestion.

4. Sulfur is the cause of the stink:

  Most of the gas you expel is an odorless mix of vapors carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. But when bacteria in your large intestine acts on carbohydrates (like sugar, starches, and fiber) that aren’t absorbed in the small intestine or stomach, it also releases a small amount of sulfur compounds. That teeny bit emits a big stinky stank. No doubt as least one of those doozies will escape in the company of others.

5. Gum and soda make you fart more:

  Apart from the gases produced by bacteria, a significant proportion of your flatulence is simply made up of inadvertently swallowed air. It doesn’t smell it’s mostly nitrogen and oxygen but it sounds and feels the same coming out.

 Those minty sticks are artificially sweetened with sorbitol, xylitol, or other types of sugar alcohols that your body can’t absorb. As these indigestible sugars are broken down, gas is produced, bloating occurs, and farting ensues.

6. Why you don’t think your fart stinks:

  become habituated to all smells over time. That’s why you might notice a scent walking into a stranger’s house, but seldom do for your own. As a result, your own farts just don’t have the same impact on you even though they’re just as pungent for everyone else.

7. Farts are highly flammable:

  This is due to the fact that there’s methane and hydrogen in your farts, both of which are flammable and can be ignited. But don’t worry, you can’t explode by lighting one.

8. The oldest joke is a fart joke:

  Toilet humor is global. It doesn’t matter what language you speak when we’re all unified in our bodily functions, but apparently fart jokes are also timeless as well as universal.

10. Vegetarians my fart more, but meat-eaters farts smell worse:

  Due to the increased sulfur in meat, more hydrogen sulfide is created during digestion when meat is broken down.

11. It’s impossible to go through life without farting:

  Even if you were to hold them in all day every day, whilst you sleep your body’s natural functions will take over.

Finally:  If you produce truly excessive amounts of gas or experience painful bloating, it could be a sign of a problem — such as lactose intolerance and you may want to see a doctor.

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