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Farts Characterized by What You Eat

09/18/2015 10:39am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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You, me and farts all have one thing in common: we're all unique and different. So we've made a list to help you understand your farts' characteristics and how they're formed.

Caused by: chewing gum

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The SBD (Silent But Deadly) just comes out randomly and fills the air around you. Chewing gum is the most well known suspect for these farts. There's a small amount of sorbitol, an indigestible sugar, found in gum that makes you fart. These farts won't smell, but will either make no sound at all or sound like a short, powerful wind rush.

Caused by: apples, peaches, prunes

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Sorbitol can be found in fruits as well. I think I know why they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away: ain't nobody gonna want to be around you when you got gas leaks. Luckily, these farts are tolerable. These will mostly be quiet and evaporate quickly.

Caused by: cereal, oatmeal, and other breads

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Lactose is most commonly found in dairy, but it's also added in many cereals and breads. Small amounts of lactose combined with fiber and starch will create cute little gas bubbles in your colon. Not only will they smell and sound nice, but they'll remind you of the smooth sounds of a jazz quartet.

Caused by: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage

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Raffinose is another type of indigestible sugars. But really, raffinose? More like burn-my-nose. Who knew eating veggies could backfire? So much for trying to be healthy. These veggies will open up Pandora's Box of hell and unleash the most horrid smells that none of us deserve to live through.