Are bad smelling farts normal?

by 1662 · August 04, 2014 at 7:06 AM

I know. Weird question.

I've noticed when I stick to eating healthy, farts rarely come, and when they do, they don't smell bad.

On the other hand, when I cheat or eat something with multiple ingredients I normally don't eat, farts come more often and smell bad.

Can anyone attest to this?

Should our farts smell bad if we take care of our bodies?

Bummer that I'm the guy asking this. :P lol

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4039 · April 24, 2012 at 2:01 AM

My husband used to have nuclear farts. Cadaver farts. Devil farts. Make-me-furious-in-the-movie- theater farts. Since paleo 2+ years: his farts are mellow, mild, and acceptable. :) Ting!

100 · November 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Oh, I agree, if you go off paleo -- look out! I get those wet, gurgling, borderline-illegal, farts that reverberate between my cheeks and leave a tobacco-like residue in my underwear. It's gotten to the point where my wife buys my underwear at Costco so she can toss the old ones in the garbage without having to scrub the stains off the old ones anymore. I cheated the other day and picked up some KFC on my drive home. My commute is 2+ hours, depending on traffic. About 20 miles from home, I began to squeeze out some farts that quite honestly had me concerned and even a little disoriented. The gas was becoming more frequent by the minute to the point where I had to roll down all of the windows. We live in Chicago, and let me tell you, during the winter, you don't roll those suckers down for nothing unless it's serious. About 4 hours after arriving home, my wife borrowed my car keys to go get us a pizza from down the street. Not 1 minute later, she came racing into the house screaming at me, accusing me of taking a shit in the car. She wasn't speaking figuratively. She actually thought I had managed to somehow use an empty Starbuck's coffee cup (which are littered throughout the car) and pull down my pants in traffic, and take a dump inside the cup and toss it out the window. WTF? Seriously? Okay, to be fair, I did that once years earlier before we got together and I blame food poisoning after scarfing down 3 Taco Bell macho burrito supremes. Again, stuck in gridlock traffic, what choice did I have? But I swear, I'm innocent of these charges. I didn't drop a load in a grande Starbuck's cup. Bedsides if it came down to that, it would require at least one vente cup because that's how I roll.

11476 · April 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Your gas will only smell as good as the bacteria that make it. Keep your flora healthy, your gas will be "healthier". Changing your dietary composition (in any way, really), stress levels, or health status will change your bacterial flora.

1159 · April 24, 2012 at 1:11 AM

My husband complains about the decrease in his farting opportunities. I however do not. Eggs=bad smelling farts. Wheat, sugar, dairy, + eggs=eye watering farts. My favorite post on here so far was someone asking about their "Raw Egg Farts".

21258 · April 24, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Gas is directly proportional to the foods I eat. I used to have a guilty pleasure of drunken evenings followed by a complete gastrointestinal assault of several plates of "slider" hamburgers (i.e. White Castle/Krystal burgers). Which, if you've ever eaten them, are little gluten bombs (doughy dinner rolls) with about 1oz of "beef" and copious amounts of mustard and pickles (at least on the Krystals).

Foulness which could not be expressed by the most skilled of wordsmiths... Odor that could convince vultures to go vegan... lasting at least 72 hours. My wife referred to my office as "Krystal Burger Ground Zero" after one of these binges.

These days, I only get gas when my non-paleo family gets a severe stomach bug (I probably get it too, but my symptoms are less severe). Oh, and maybe one or two about 20 seconds before I realize it's bathroom time. I currently eat a lower carb paleo 1.0 with the addition of butter, based mostly on local grassfed beef.

Experiments with starchy tubers and rice resulted in a return of gas frequency, albeit not so foul. As long as I mind my beverages (drink cider or wine instead of beer) when out with friends, it stays that way... but introducing beer tends to have similar, foul effects.

562 · April 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Man, I love fart questions. Asked one myself once.

I get MUCH less gas when I'm strictly on meat and veggies paleo (no dairy, grains, legumes, fruit).

But I do get nasty gas if I eat too much protein, fat--or just eat too much, which is pretty easy for me to do (see below).

I have problems digesting fat especially and hence don't eat much of it--heavy feeling, gas ensues.

I suspect that: -I might not be high enough in stomach acid -some tooth pains means inadequate chewing (probable need of expensive root canal) -as a woman in my mid 40's my metabolism is either screwy or I just don't need much more than 1200 calories a day.

Oh--I also get gas from nightshades or avocado (poss due to fat).

That's more info than you wanted, but I think the blackout magic gas could likely be from a million factors.

20 · April 02, 2013 at 8:13 PM

I pray to god I'm not too late in here - and hope that others will be fartign so atrociously that it leads them to google 'is farting bad?'.

On low carb paleo i NEVER farted. Now I eat more starch, feel all the healthier for it, and my farting can be APPALLING. They smell like a horse pen. I just had liver and white rice - The raw stench of liver is being emitted from my ass on a minutely basis! I have liver with potato - not a squeak! I have rice and eggs - nada! I think some foods are incompatible with others. But Parsnips make the whole house tremble.

6332 · April 24, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I've never smelled anything other than a bad-smelling fart.


50 · April 24, 2012 at 5:52 AM

I am still laughing at this post...but I do agree, I rarely fart stinky farts these days but my not so paleo-ish husband is dreadful. I can always tell when he is withholding info about what he has been eating because I always find out within a few hours anyway...geez!

1208 · April 24, 2012 at 1:03 AM

I can attest to this also. Before paleo suufered IBS like symptoms; bloating, gas, cramps, urgency...etc. Since paleo I rarely have much gas and it doesn't smell like it used to pre-paleo. I think this is pretty common for most paleo people

3180 · July 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Foul smelling flatulence is a sign that your gut microflora is out of whack. Their is only one gut microbe (normally) in humans that produces methane...it's called m. smithii (the m stands for methane). "Smitty" as we'll call him, feeds predominately on undigested sugars common in SAD and even found in some plants in paleo. When Smitty is well-fed, he takes over the joint--crowding out the beneficial bacteria such as the many strains of bifido.

Smitty manipulation can cure obesity, and he's seen in huge numbers in the anorexic gut, but by and large, you don't want him running the show.

You want to crowd him out. If you eat foods high in fermentable fiber such as properly prepared (soaked) legumes, potatoes, avocado, coconut, dark chocolate, rice, green bananas, and plantains, you will feed the bifido bacteria who will rapidly take space away from Smitty. A few meals at Taco Bell and a handful of Oreos set the stage for a rapid comeback by Smitty.

10 · July 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Fuck This page is making me laugh my fat, stink farting ass off!!! U people are awesome

3365 · February 14, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I'd say it's more normal than good-smelling farts.

8883 · April 24, 2012 at 8:44 AM

A girl once told me she farted for the first time in her life when she was 17, before that she never did. Whenever I have problems with gas, my skin is worse, I'm more tired, my belly is bloated, ... Farts are definitely not normal, and it's my ultimate goal to get them out of my life (not really though). When taking high doses of vitamin D3 and retinol, gas is reduced to a minimum. Sugar helps A LOT too.

5111 · April 24, 2012 at 1:39 AM

Sorry for TMI, but it seems to be inevitable with this question. My gas smells worst after I've been eating wheat products, and especially beer (one reason why I don't regret too much giving up one of my favorite things).

In fact, all my digestive issues go away when I don't eat wheat, including heartburn, gas and constant stomach rumbling. I joke to my friends that I only fart three times a week now. They think I'm lying, but it's true.

So to answer your question, IME bad smelling farts are normal if you're eating wheat.

0 · August 04, 2014 at 7:06 AM

OMG. Hahah I can't take this post it's too funny. BUT I must say I usually don't have smelly farts. I can fart and absolutely no smell or mild smell will come about. However two days ago on Friday night, I ate mcdonalds (huge mistake) and I have had the worst, most foul smelling farts I've ever experienced! It's now Sunday and still, tonight I've got awful smelling gas going on... I just hope it subsides before I have to go back to the office tomorrow! Like it's bad, like shrek killing fish with his farts bad.

80 · July 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Those delicious organic Jewel Sweet potatoes. Killer. But they taste sooooo good! So its worth it.

0 · July 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

For me it's onions garlic and cabbage,pork and red meat... Outrageously nasty and I work in an enclosed office.. so I hold a lot of gas in, which is painful, but if I did everyone in the office would die. I have to hols in farts on the planes and being on the planes is uncomfortable enough let alone, being a pressurised person in a pressurised aircraft.. so painful, I get up to go to the toilet to fart.. nothing happens. It's incredibly repulsive worse than any man fart.. hands down.if I smell a bad smell.. a pig farm or a rotten sewers I will then change my odors somehow and begin to fart like that smell .. so disgusting. I have to light incense in my house to avoid it smelling like a toilet.

0 · July 05, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I myself suffered from bad gas years ago. The kind where you can't go out in public. I finally started a food diary, which is easier than it sounds. I wish I had started one sooner, it might have saved my first marriage. Anyhoo...after just a few weeks, and researching offending foods, I found that milk products of all kinds were affecting me. I cut them out completely, and viola! No more bad farts! If I'm very careful about what I eat, I can go for days with little or no gas. Processed foods are also a culprit, but avoiding them makes me feel more healthy.

I found this thread after Googling the question "Are bad smelling farts normal?" because my boyfriend is emitting foul smelling gas that really has me questioning the relationship. He won't listen to me when I suggest cutting out different foods. I'm beginning to think this is why he was laid off from his job.

If I may end my answer with a question: How do you get someone to examine their eating habits and the effects these habits are having on their lives and bodies? Does he have to hit bottom?

0 · July 02, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Truth is everybody's body is different. Salads, broccoli, Toco Bell gives it to me bad, almost any soup healthy or not, for some reason only movie theater popcorn and subway. You kinda have to just look out for what makes you smell. Right now i have a 8 year old who has been real smelly lately. Now it's time to track what's making her smell. I'm trying to find something that can help her for now.

0 · July 02, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Truth is everybody's body is different. Salads, broccoli, Toco Bell gives it to me bad, almost any soup healthy or not, for some reason only movie theater popcorn and subway. You kinda have to just look out for what makes you smell. Right now i have a 8 year old who has been real smelly lately. Now it's time to track what's making her smell. I'm trying to find something that can help her for now.

1607 · February 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I was a vegetarian and had lots of IBS symptoms too. I was the fart QUEEN. I didn't eat lunch at work to avoid the fart festival and stomach pain in the workplace. Now? It's amazing! I'm not gassy unless I cheat. It's so awesome not to have to worry about napalming anyone anymore! I do have to avoid raw veggies for the most part though. I still can't eat raw salads like I used to. I also get a little gassy right before my period. Basically, if I don't cheat, I'm in the clear! I used to DREAD dinner at friends/family's house because I knew I'd be in great discomfort after eating. Paleo...the No Poot Solution!

Wow. This is quite an attractive picture I'm painting of myself....

104 · February 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

IMO, on general, farting becomes a problem when you eat something that your gut flora is not accustomed to. (If you're strictly poleo for sometime, then these are the dairy, night-shadows, fruits -both dried and fresh, processed foods, delhi, liquor and any food that causes bloating. Also starchy vegs can cause farting in some cases). Usually eating raw and/or semi-cooked vegs should cause no problems but definitely deep fried meals should be avoided. Better if one's digestion system, lesser the parting is.

1401 · February 14, 2013 at 5:07 AM

This is the same kind of question I asked in the past and it got closed. Now I'm puzzled as to why.

Anyways to answer your question, no I don't think your flatulence should smell if your digestion is optimal and you are eating good food. I don't even experience flatulence or burping anymore when I'm eating "good", only when I eat something that had something in it that my body doesn't agree with do I fart. Even then it's on the mild plain air side. If I'm truly ill(rare) from a "criminal" food, then I'll get the "hot air smelling farts", and I will heal from that in a day and resume being fart-free.

0 · February 14, 2013 at 4:21 AM

hi everyone! i started low carb a few weeks ago and there is NO wheat in my diet. The only carbs I'm eating are from fruit and veggies. i am eating yogurt, cheese and eggs though. after I started the low carb diet, my gas and poop started smelling a lot worse than before. This seems to be the opposite of what everyone is saying. i thought if i started eating healthier, my gas and poop would smell less!

am i eating too much fat? protein? i have 2 eggs, beans or tuna, 1 avocado, 1 cup of yogurt and 4 oz of mozzarella cheese per day. are any of these things the culprit of my bad smelling gas??

0 · February 07, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I am super confused after reading all this comments (but oh so amused by the way everyone has described their situations- I now feel quite normal about my flatulence situation!) I am confused because I have found that the better I eat, the more I suffer from terrible and frequent flatulence. I have been eating very healthy and organic for some time now and I am finding that I have terrible smelling and frequent farts. I am really considering eating bad food again!

8 · February 04, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Well, I was sat with my best friend and she started laughing, uncontroalble she started farting . Not only were they loud they also spelt like raw eggs the smell was that bad that I would rather shit in my hand and clap and eat It! The farts ( death eaters ) kept comming sometimes she didn't even know hey they were comming .... What can I do ? Do I stay friends with and accept that god has given her These death eaters or do I walk away and leave her farts behind ... I need HELP .... Everywhere I go the smell followers me and I see them in my dreams ( nightmares ) ! Any advice would be highly grateful.

233 · April 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

ive noticed that soups give me killer ones..which i cant afford since i take the subway errday..so i have them when i get back home from school

10 · April 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM

As someone who suffered from GERD from years and who was accussed of having nuclear farts/poo. Since switching to paleo 15 days ago my poo has like no smell....at all. I think I was eating too much processed junk and chemicals but now it's not. And honestly I can't recall farting in the last 15 days either.

Maybe you are allergic to something you're eating?

1803 · April 24, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I have started to pay attention to this and can usually correlate it to exact items that I eat.

Recently I started drinking kombucha and have noticed they are starting up again. I know kombucha helps with digestive health so i'm hoping these farts are my body's way of "sorting things out" because I definitely don't want to stop drinking it! It's just too yummy.

Does anyone know if intestional track health might start with these "clearing" farts?

570 · April 24, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I am having a fabulous time laughing at this! Especially since so many of us can relate! I also have issues with cheats and smelly gas. Especially when I eat something with wheat. I had to cut way down on cruciferous veggies too.

993 · April 24, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Here is a very informative blog post about flatulence from The Health Fixer NYC Chiropractor/Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Doug Willen

5809 · April 24, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Cut down on your cheese and red meat, mate!

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