FARTS can reveal a lot more about your health than you might realise – and there are a number of warning signs to watch out for.
Passing wind can provide you with an insight into serious health issues so pay attention because it can tell you more than what you had for lunch.
One scent you should worry about is a “beefy eggo” smell as high levels of hydrogen sulphide gas could be an indicator of a damaged gut lining, inflammatory bowel disease or even bowel cancer.
According to the BBC, if you’re producing too much gas (hydrogen and methane), it could mean you’re not digesting starches or sugars properly.
New technology is being developed by researchers at Monash University in Victoria, Australia, which allows medics to probe through guts to find any issues.
Peter Gibson of Monash University said: “We know bits and pieces about it, but it’s been very difficult to get to the crux of what is happening.
“What comes out of the backside only tells us about the last 20cm of the gut.
“[Hydrogen sulphide] is one example of a gas that could be incredibly instructive.”
Ohio State University researchers found that on average we fart around 10 to 20 times a day but why do some smell while others don’t?
Mental Floss explained: “Broccoli, cabbage, onions, eggs, and meat all contain a lot of sulphur, a chemical that helps give rotten eggs their stink.
“When your body digests, or breaks down, those foods, the teeny-tiny creatures in your gut called bacteria feast upon the proteins in the food that contain sulphur.
“This process creates smelly gases like methanethiol. When those gases leave your body, they end up as pungent farts.”