Friday, March 17, 2006

Whoosh, Boom, but hopefully not Splat

Frequent readers of this blog understand that my favorite subject matter is all things that go whoosh, boom, or splat. Therefore, I think today's topic is relevant.

The subject is flatuence. A subject not offen addressed outside the hallways of junior high, but is now going mainstream. There is a new website,, devoted to news about this topic. Here's a few interesting tidbits:

  • Diabetics and dieters are statistically much more gassy than other people
  • Consider yourself normal if you pass gas 10–20 times a day.
  • It’s not unusual to pass gas upon awakening because it accumulates overnight.
  • Eating a meal also stimulates gas production. Eating sends a signal to the brain to get going, experts say.

Here's a link I found on that leades to a medical journal article about the effect of gatorade on runners. There is information about a recent Dutch study that concludes that gatorade is a big gas producer.

The use of carbohydrate-containing sports drinks led to higher incidences of all types of GI complaints compared to water. (p <>

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