Part of the war on the sexes is how men are perceived as the brutish ones, while women are the fairer and gentler of the two genders, especially when it comes to things like farts. Guys let them rip, while the ladies smells of peaches and cream, and daintily silent… or so the argument goes. But is it true, really?
The truth is out, according to University of Newcastle nutrition and dietetics professor Clare Collins. In a post on The Conversation, she reveals the results of a study over a 24-hour period on ten healthy adults, who volunteered to have the amount of gas they passed over a day quantified.
It wasn’t a comfortable process, mind- they had to insert a rectal catheter in order to collect all the farts they’d expel. Their diet was normal but to ensure more gas production they also had to eat 200 grams of baked beans.
The result: Men and women produced the same amount of gas and averaged six flatus episodes (individual or a series of farts) over 24 hours!
So the next time you’re in a crowded lift and someone lets it rip, don’t just look at us men- it could have been from a lady!
By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore