Flatulence

Flatulence (from the Latin word flatus, meaning blowing) is a normal part of the digestive process. Indeed, the average person releases nearly 1 quart of gas each day. Gas forms when undigested food passes from the small intestine into the colon, where bacteria feast on the remains and give off noxious gases in the process.

It can also be caused by swallowed air and food allergies. Once it is trapped, gas has only two means of escaping—through belching or flatulating.

Foods most likely to cause gas include beans, dairy products, fried foods, and glutenous grains. Beans and grains can be made more easily digestible if you soak them overnight and then cook them in fresh water.
Foods to avoid if you are prone to flatulence include fried foods, sugar, hydrogenated fat (especially in snack junk foods), and very cold liquids. Combining spice or acidic foods with dairy product or sugary foods also can cause flatulence.

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