FARTING, cutting the cheese or passing gas is a human normality.
According to Men’s Health, your farts are a combination of the air you swallow and actual food you eat and drink.
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And gastroenterologist Dr David Poppers has said to avoid inopportune bouts of gassiness, it can be helpful to know which foods may affect you more than others. This as everyone harbours different bacteria in their gut, typically responsible for the gas produced.
While certain foods trigger gas or farts, some drinks can also cause this.
According to Men’s Health, these are some refreshments that cause one to fart more than others:
Dairy contains a type of sugar called lactose. But many people have trouble digesting it because they have insufficient amounts of an enzyme called lactase, that can lead to bloating, gas or constipation.
2. Soda and seltzer water
Carbonated drinks can make you gassy because they cause you to swallow extra air, that gets trapped in the gastrointestinal tract. That air eventually has to be released, and the only way out is in the form of gas.
3. Protein shakes
According to Live Strong magazine, if protein shakes turn your tummy into a puffer fish, you might be reacting to the whey. This is a common ingredient in protein powder that’s a by-product of milk. Another culprit of gas cramps and bloat could be the sugar substitutes in your shake. And sugar alcohols, that are often used to sweeten protein powders, may lead to diarrhoea, excessive gas and bloating, according to an October 2016 review in the Journal of International Dentistry.
While coffee is not a gastrointestinal irritant for everyone, some people are sensitive to caffeine. As a result, they might notice some digestive issues like gas or running to the bathroom. Turns out, your degree of caffeine sensitivity is linked to your genetic make-up, according to a June 2018 report in the Institute for Scientific Information on coffee. So, if your cup of Joe bloats your belly, you can blame your DNA.
5. Drinking with a straw
A straw can transform a seemingly bloat-benign beverage into a gas maker. When you suck from it, you are taking in some air that can settle in your gut, making you feel gassy or bloated. Furthermore, sucking down your drink too fast and gulping in more air will make your belly swell even more.