DAY 23 – Why do Brussels Sprouts make us fart?

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DAY 23 – Why do Brussels Sprouts make us fart?

Sprouts are high in a soluble fibre called raffinose.

Humans don’t have the enzyme to digest these soluble fibres so they travel to the colon – the final part of our GI system – where good bacteria break them down; this is the process that produces the gas – often unpleasant side effects.

Despite the unpleasant side effects, there are lots of health benefits to this type of soluble fibre:

Research has shown that diets high in soluble fibre can:

• Lower blood cholesterol levels

• Help to control blood sugar levels

• Increase healthy bacteria in your gut

Nutr Today. 2015 Mar; 50(2): 82–89.

 

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