Many people love to eat pears, and this is not only due to their sweet, soft, buttery, and fleshy nature, but for their numerous health benefits. However, a lot of people have complained that pears make them fart. While these fruits are completely healthy, can they be the cause of your gas and bloating problems? Well, let’s find out!
But wait! I think we should digest some little facts about what actually makes a person to fart before we proceed.
Everybody farts, including you and me. It’s understandable if you get embarrassed when you or someone else farts. Of course nobody likes the stinky smell that accompanies it. But then, it’s normal to fart. Besides, the only thing you should be embarrassed of is farting in the public. It’s definitely a poor etiquette.
But why do we fart?
Humans and other animals fart or release gas because of two major reasons: the air or gas we swallow into our gut and the gas that’s produced in our gut.
I hope you are aware of the fact that we take in gases from the environment while we are eating and drinking? While most of the gas we swallow gets eliminated via burping, a small percentage eventually sips into the intestines. This remaining gas must be eliminated from our body. So, we will have to fart it out.
Apart from the gas we swallow, the main source of gas in our body comes from digestion process. When stomach acid and other enzymes act on food materials, some gases are produced as by products. Also, when the bacteria in our gut act on stubborn food materials a lot of gas is produced. To eliminate these gases that are produced as a result of digestion, humans fart or undergo flatulence.
How many times do we fart?
Many people always get curious about the number of times an average person farts. There’s no specific value for an average human in terms of farting, because human systems react to food materials in different ways. However, most reports have settled at values between 14-30 for an average normal human. Some reports have shown that some people can fart as much as 40 times per day.
How do you know if you are bloated?
Generally, most professionals believe you are bloated once you start releasing gas for more than 40 times daily. However, this depends on how you normally fart. For some people, farting as much as 20 times daily means there’s problem in their digestive tract, and they might be bloated.
Do pears cause gas and bloating?
Yes, pears along with apples, prunes, and peaches can cause gas and bloating. This is because they contain a sugar called sorbitol. This sugar has a large molecular weight. As a result, when large amounts of sorbitol are ingested, only little amounts are absorbed in the small intestine, and the rest moves into the colon to cause production of a lot of gas and other gastrointestinal effects (1).
Apart from sorbitol, a medium-sized pear contain about 6 grams of fiber. That’s a significant supply of fiber. While fiber is very beneficial to the body, it can also wreak havoc on a lot of people with sensitive stomachs, especially those who are not used to eating a lot of fiber.
Normally, fiber is hard to digest in the human gut. So, most of it gets digested by the bacteria residing in out gut. This causes the production of a lot of gas.
Pears have the potential to cause you gas or make you bloated. However, you shouldn’t avoid these healthy fruits. Instead, you should find a way to incorporate them in your diet without having to go through the negative effects.
You can reduce the chances of pears causing you gas by cutting down on the quantity you consume. Perhaps you might also want to peel them first before eating, as this can reduce the amount of fiber you take into your system.
If you are very sensitive to fiber, you should start by eating only little amounts, may be quarter or half of a pear, before your tummy gets used to it.