Contrary to popular belief it’s not actually meat that rots in the colon but instead beans, grains, and vegetables. The function of digestion is to break food down as far as possible which can then be absorbed through the intestinal wall and used by our bodies.
On average, a meal takes 4-5 hours to completely leave the stomach. The surface of the small intestine absorbs anything that our enzymes have broken down into sufficiently small components.
Our gut bacteria go to work and digest some of the remainder, sometimes producing waste products that we can absorb. The remaining indigestible plant matter 'fibre’ and other waste emerge as faeces.
The primary reason we need our gut bacteria is to digest the sugars, starches, and fibre found in grains, beans, and vegetables that our digestive enzymes can’t break down.
It’s easy to tell when your gut bacteria are doing the work, instead of your digestive enzymes: you pass wind. That is why beans and starches make you pass wind, but meat doesn’t. The vegetables, beans and grains are rotting in your colon with the decomposition material including methane and carbon dioxide gases.
Here are the 10 food items that rot in your colon and cause wind....
- Brussels sprouts