A rational approach to understanding the role of diet in flatulence requires an analysis of intestinal gas. If the analysis indicates the presence of the atmospheric gases oxygen and nitrogen, swallowed air must be the problem and dietary manipulation would not help. On the other hand, the demonstration of large quantities of hydrogen and carbon dioxide indicates that ingested substrates are reaching the intestinal bacteria and dietary manipulation is in order.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||New York state journal of medicine|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1980|