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    Get Smart From Your Fart

    14 Common Food Ingredients That Make You Gassy

    1. Frutose

    Fructose—a natural sugar found in plants such as onions, corn, wheat and even pears. Farty.

    2. Lactose

    Lactose—this is milk’s secret fart power. Also added to foods like bread and cereal. Some people have low levels of lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose; this makes them even fartier.

    3. Sorbitol

    Sorbitol, found naturally in fruits, is also a common artificial sweetener in chewing gum and other sugar-free foods. It’s hard to digest, making it low calorie, but that also means it makes your butt erupt.

    4. Raffinose

    Raffinose—the secret gas-inducing ingredient in beans. Also found in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus and other vegetables. You can take stuff like Beano to break raffinose down so you won’t be rippin’ ’em so big time.

    5. Carbonation

    Carbonated beverages like soda have a flatulence-inducing effect: when you put gas inside your body, it has to escape somewhere, either by burp or sweet buns’ music.

    6. Dairy

    Dairy products, such as milk, have lactose, which can cause people's pipes to break down. The result? KABOOM. Of the trousers.

    7. Whey

    Whey is a protein that can be tough for your body to break down and digest. For some people, gas and bloating is the result. And we all know what sound gas and bloating makes.

    8. Beans

    Beans—the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot. Which is awesome. All because of a sugar called raffinose (nose!). You can make them less gas inducing by soaking them overnight, draining them and then cooking them in fresh water. But why?

    9. Rice

    Rice—just about the only food that doesn’t give us gas. Bummer.

    10. Whole grains

    Fiber-rich foods are part of a healthy diet, but also contain indigestible carbohydrates that make you fart. If you want to increase the amount of fiber in your diet, do it slowly to give your system a chance to adjust, or else you’ll be performing many a wind symphony.

    11. High-fructose corn syrup

    A common sweetener that sneaks its way into all kinds of processed foods. Since it contains high levels of fructose, it can make you fart.

    12. Fiber

    Eat more fiber. You’ve probably heard it before. Fiber is known to prevent and relieve constipation. Which means it “gets things moving.” And sometimes “things” are farts.

    13. Gum

    Chewing gum can make you fart because when you chew gum, you swallow air. And that air has to go somewhere—am I right?

    14. Meat

    Meat and other protein-rich foods don’t directly make you fart, but they do increase the time it takes you to digest your food, giving bacteria more time to produce gases in your tubes. Also produces sulfur, which makes your farts smell worse.

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