Whole grains cause flatulence and more toilet trips

Those who ate whole grains were more flatulent and had several departures of air during the day.

It's perhaps an unwelcome side-effect but flatulence can be a sign you're eating healthily.

People who eat whole grains have from more of a gas build up than those who don't, a study has found.

Those who switched to whole grain versions of foods  including bread, cereal, pasta and rice - noticed their food took longer to pass through their intestines than those limited to wheat.

They made more frequent trips to the toilet and passed wind more often than they used to.


But while flatulence may be embarrassing, experts said it is actually a sign of good health as passing air prevents bloating.

Moreover, those eating just wheat said they felt more bloated and tired as a result.

A whole grain food means that it contains all the essential parts and naturally-occurring nutrients of the entire grain seed.

In non-whole-grain foods, the husk and other parts of the grain, which contain fibre and vitamins, are removed.

Previous research has shown eating whole grains can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and can help manage weight.


By Madlen Davies


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