Thursday, August 18, 2011

Gas: Odorless Vapors!

Now I am sure everyone is thinking, gas is not an odorless vapor! Oh contrare mofrer! I just spent some time reading the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse and gas is usually odorless! I was suprised, but it begs the question, what makes it stink?

Gas is made primarily of odorless vapors—carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sometimes methane. The unpleasant odor of flatulence, the gas that passes through the rectum, comes from bacteria in the large intestine that release small amounts of gases containing sulfur.

Bacteria in the large intenstine...Hmmm!?! My thinking cap is on~gimmie a moment!

Breakdown of Undigested Foods
The body does not digest and absorb some carbohydrates—the sugar, starches, and fiber found in many foods—in the small intestine because of a shortage or absence of certain enzymes that aid digestion.

This undigested food then passes from the small intestine into the large intestine, where normal, harmless bacteria break down the food, producing hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and, in about one-third of all people, methane. Eventually these gases exit through the rectum.

People who make methane do not necessarily pass more gas or have unique symptoms. A person who produces methane will have stools that consistently float in water. Research has not shown why some people produce methane and others do not.

Foods that produce gas in one person may not cause gas in another. Some common bacteria in the large intestine can destroy the hydrogen that other bacteria produce. The balance of the two types of bacteria may explain why some people have more gas than others.

Which foods cause gas?
Most foods that contain carbohydrates can cause gas. By contrast, fats and proteins cause little gas.

I have never heard of this before, fats & protein cause little gas, and carbs cause gas!

Not to bore you with more gas facts, but I am rather gassy today, and I couldn't figure out why, so I googled, what causes gas and found this website Now that I have read the information, I guess that Bleu Cheese & Snickers are to blame for my gassy state?

Hmm...much food for thought!


Linga said...

Thank G*d for Google!

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