Jokes aside, occasional flatulence seems to be good for you. At least that’s what researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark determined after asking 75 men and women to take part in a study that looked at the effects of whole grain foods on the gastrointestinal tract.
Participants were divided into two groups and asked to follow one of two diets—one rich in whole grains versus one consisting mainly of non-whole grain foods. Side note: whole grains are those that still contain all of the components of the whole grain seed (because they have not been removed through processing); they are typically higher in dietary fiber and other important nutrients.
Those in the whole grain group reported expelling more gas than usual as well as an increase in daily bowel movements (twice as many as normal)—both of which are a sign of good health, say researchers. But in the non-whole grain group, participants reported feeling more bloated and fatigued, with no significant change in bowel habits.
Along with whole grains, eating more fruit, non-starchy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds is a great way to increase your daily fiber intake, as well as taking a daily fiber supplement. Increasing your fiber intake gradually will help cut down on flatulence, but still be sure to let it out when you need to!