Everybody farts. However, not everyone knows what a fart is, or what they mean for health. Here is the second installment of a three part series on farts.


Because you now know what farts are (check out part one of the series), we can now examine what gives them their legendary scent. Farts can smell or be entirely odorless, but it seems more often than not that they have some smell.

“Foul smelling farts just mean the carbohydrates you consume are being malabsorbed – it’s fermented,” Gastroenterologist Dr. Myron Brand said.

Basically, foods that are hard to digest sit in the intestines for longer. This creates a foul smell due to fermentation. As gas passes naturally, this smell is picked up and released.

Because the smell is based on the food you eat, here’s a list of things to avoid if you want more pleasant farts:

  1. Alcohol (any type)
  2. Apples
  3. Pears
  4. Watermelon
  5. Cabbage
  6. Asparagus
  7. Leeks
  8. Onions
  9. Garlic
  10. Avocado
  11. Mushrooms
  12. Cauliflower
  13. Bread
  14. pasta
  15. Noodles
  16. Cereal
  17. Cakes
  18. Milk
  19. Yogurt
  20. Ice Cream
  21.  Butter
  22.  Cream

I know, this is a long list with some delicious foods on it. Like anything else, it’s all about moderation. Ingesting huge amounts of these things creates smelly gas. However, in moderation, these foods should be fine. It depends on each person’s personal digestive tract, but in general, these foods are difficult to break down and thus create bad gas.

Fart on, friends!

Check back next week for Farts: what do they mean for your health?