You've probably heard a thing or two in recent months about the microbiome, that vast network of living organisms inside your gut that plays a key — though still somewhat uncertain — role in your physical health and mental well-being. With all this concern about the gut, it's only natural to start asking questions about the results of all that important digestive activity. Namely, flatulence.
Well, NPR did just that, daring to explore the difficult questions about the methane-and-carbon-dioxide-packed byproduct of digestion. One of their big questions: Does feeling gassy (often as a result of eating fiber-rich foods like cabbage or broccoli) mean your microbiome is in good shape? Our nouveaux flatologists (that's a real term) break new ground on breaking wind: