By Steven Park

If someone tries to tell you that they don’t fart, they are 100% lying to you: most people fart about 14 to 22 times a day. Quiet, loud, stinky, odorless—there are so many types of farts and this article has everything you need to know about them.

Commonly known as farts, flatulence is composed of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and methane. Due to the build up of gases in the digestive system, the body needs a way to release it which is by farting. Although many people regard farting as something disgusting, it isn’t! Sure, it may smell rotten because of the hydrogen sulfide and ammonia in farts, but it is simply the body’s way of releasing excess gas.

If you ever have the urge to fart, don’t be embarrassed and hold it in, just let it go. Even though there are no detrimental health concerns caused by holding in farts, there is nothing wrong with letting out a toot every now and then. Holding in gas leads to a build up of pressure, causing discomfort and pain in the stomach area. Frequent flatulence could even indicate a more serious underlying health issue, such as digestive system disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome.

What many people are concerned about is the smell that comes along with farting. However, it is proven that 99% of the gases that our bodies produce do not actually smell. The odor that comes from farts are a result of sulfur compounds which is one percent of flatulence. Different types of sulfur compounds create different odors. For example, hydrogen sulfide, which is very common, will produce a rotten egg smell, while methanethiol will produce a smell similar to rotting vegetables or garlic.

When asked about her opinion on releasing some gas, secondary teacher Mrs. Knutson replied with, “That is relative to where you are at. For example, if you are in an office, it would not be an appropriate environment to fart. You would not want to fart in front of your in-laws or your competitors. However, if you need to get some relief, I don’t think there is anything wrong with farting as long as it is in the right place.”

As ridiculous as it may seem, farts are actually flammable due to the hydrogen and methane which are flammable chemicals. As a result, many people have tried the risky stunt of putting a lighter up to one’s rear end while farting to create a miniature explosion. However, it is heavily advised to not even attempt this as it may result in serious injury and burns. 

Some things have become so taboo and farts are amongst these things but farts are nothing to be ashamed of! You should be mindful of where you release gas but realistically, farts are just by-products of our body’s digestive system and if you feel the urge, go ahead and let it out rather than holding it in.