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Why do my farts smell so bad?


You’re in an elevator full of people, giving a presentation in a boardroom, or on a date; when it suddenly hits you. Bad Gas. It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Gas is something everyone deals with, so there’s no shame. But ever wonder, “why do my farts smell so bad?” Or better yet, have you ever asked, “What can I do to get rid of bad gas?” If you have, then you’re not alone and you’ve come to the right place. 

Breaking wind, tooting, or whatever you prefer to call it; is perfectly normal. Believe it or not, people break wind an average of 14 times a day, producing anywhere from half a liter to more than 2 liters of gas over a 24-hour period. And oddly enough, 99% of this gas is odor-free. 

As interesting as those statistics are, Let’s be real. You clicked on this post to learn what causes it and how to prevent the 1% of gas that is anything but odor-free. So let’s get to the causes, and more importantly the solutions for gnarly smelling gas.


There are many different reasons why your farts might smell bad. In most cases, foul-smelling flatulence is associated with diet and other things you consume. However, there can be more serious causes of gas which is important to take note of as well. Here are some tips to control your toots.

1. Keep a healthy and balanced diet (especially with sulfur-rich foods)

    As we alluded to earlier in this post, the food you eat is a major contributor to the odor of your gas and even how much gas you have each day.  When it comes to being healthy, a balanced diet is always helpful. In this respect, managing bad gas is no different. 

    Foods high in sulfur are often the culprit for making gas reek like rotten eggs. Although often gut healthy, veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage are sulfur-rich and often to blame for gross smelling gas. 

    Other sulfur-rich foods include garlic, onions, legumes, dried fruit, nuts, beer, kombucha, and wine. Even proteins, like eggs, meat, and fish– which are all high in sulfur–may be especially problematic. When it comes to sulfur-rich foods, balance is best. So if you’re going on a first date maybe consider saving the sulfur-rich foods for another time.

    OUR SOLUTION:However, if you’re like me, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet may be difficult if you cut out all of the veggies and proteins mentioned above. But fret not! There may be a better solution than simply cutting these foods out of your diet. When it comes to sulfur rich-foods we’ve found that it may not be about the food that's going inside, but what’s on the outside –Read to the end to understand what we mean

    2. Lay off the lactose

      According to theMedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, “Lactose intolerance is very common in adults. It is rarely dangerous. About 30 million American adults have some degree of lactose intolerance by age 20.” 

      If you struggle with gas that stinks, then it may be worth giving this staggering statistic a second glance. Lactose intolerance is extremely common and can cause equally extreme odors in your gas!

      Patricia Raymond, MD, a Virginia Beach-based gastroenterologist and assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, explains that “lactose passes through the small intestine without being absorbed, traveling downstream to the colon, where trillions of bacteria have a little party,". The effect is smelly gas, since milk and certain cheeses also have a high sulfur content (which is often responsible for the odors in your gas).

      If you want to avoid trillions of bacteria having a stinky party in your gastrointestinal tract, then maybe lay off the dairy products. Or better yet reach out to your doctor to see if you struggle with lactose intolerance. 

      Our Solution: However, if you’re like me and don’t want to give up the culinary wonders that are ice cream and cheese, we may have an even better solution for your gas –read to the end to find out what it is!

      3. Beware of beans

        Beans, beans… You can fill in the blank. Many wise men tales and rhymes have been told about the effect of beans on your gas, but studies show that all the rumours may indeed be true. Beans can indeed make your gas smell – and pretty bad too.

        Beans contain a healthy amount of fiber which definitely does not help reduce gas. But more importantly, beans contain raffinose family oligosaccharides (RFOs). These RFOs are a group of sugars that are at least partially responsible for the bloating and gas that can occur after a beany meal. Lentils, legumes, and cruciferous veggies all also contain RFOs and can lead to you feeling bloated and gassy. 

        The main reason for this is that the human gastrointestinal tract lacks an important enzyme needed to break down and digest these sugars. So if you are eating a beany meal, we advise you to eat slowly to try and reduce the gas build up.

        Our Solution:If you are hoping for answers other than eating slowly and hope for the best, We may have the perfect solution for you. We think it’s best to have a solution that allows for more control and predictability when it comes to gas. If you want to know more – you guessed –keep scrolling! (you’re almost there)

        4. Curb your carb intake

          Our last diet tip may come as a shock to you, because most carbs like bagels, rice, and pasta aren't necessarily gas-producing carbs. But we have to caution you because if you load up on these low-fiber picks, you may have difficulty moving your bowels.

          That’s right, constipation can be a massive contributor to rancid smelling gas. Loading up on lots of carbs can quickly stop you up. If you find yourself constipated and then suffering from bad gas as a result, controlling your carb intake may be beneficial.

          The BEST (according to us) solution for bad gas

          We’ve finally arrived at the solution you’ve been anxiously waiting for! We have teased it as you read through the post (or if you couldn’t wait and skipped to the bottom you’re forgiven), and it’s finally here!

          OUR SOLUTION:Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is important and it may be difficult to cut out all of the gas-inducing foods mentioned above. Especially if you’re a person like me who likes to spoil themselves at their favorite restaurant. But fret not! There may be a better solution to enjoy the foods you like while keeping those foul gases that may arise, discreet. We’ve found that bad gas may not just be about what food is going inside, but what’s on the outside –YOUR UNDERWEAR!

          You read correctly, with genius products liketootles, controlling bad gas can really be as easy as the underwear you put on each day. 

          Well… “how does it work?”

          We are glad you asked!

          The team at tootles decided to develop reliable protection from surprise smells. The secret behind Tootles’ odor-blocking ability is a mix of ageless technology and modern innovation. Rooted in a scientific technique using charcoal, activated carbon has been used to produce filtering effects for thousands of years. They created the patented Tootle’s fiber to naturally absorb gas and control unwanted odors, so they don’t control you! 

          Don’t just take my word for it, check it out for yourself and say tootles to your toots. Click the link below!

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