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The Science of Farts

Posted by Sarah Brooks on

Everybody farts. Farting is natural as passing gas has many purposes. In the animal kingdom, farting is important. Although nitrogen and oxygen contribute to the majority of intestinal gas from the bacteria present in our gut, this gas is mostly composed of hydrogen, methane, and carbon dioxide. Together with the swallowed nitrogen and oxygen, it makes up 99% of flatulence. Complex carbohydrates like fiber from our food passing undigested through our small intestine could be converted to over 13 liters of highly flammable hydrogen daily. Most of the gases we release from our bowels are odorless, with up to a...

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