Burping (or belching) is the means of expelling air or gas inside the stomach through the mouth. In most cultures, it is socially unacceptable to burp in public, but we’ve all had to do it at some time or other. It often occurs after eating too much food or drinking carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
Usually, the gas that we expel doesn’t smell, but some people experience burps that smell like rotten eggs. And when that happens in public, it is very embarrassing.
How do you get rid of the rotten eggs smell in burps?
The smell of sulfur burps or rotten egg burps comes from the presence of hydrogen sulfide in our stomach. Microbes produce the gas in the process of breaking down the sulfur-containing proteins in foods in the stomach or the small intestine. These microbes can either be a normal microflora of the intestines or can also be pathogenic in nature.
Removing or, at least, moderating the amount of sulfur food in your diet should reduce the incidence of sulfur burps. Foods to avoid include dried fruits, meats in fast foods, poultry, red meats, eggs, dairy products and some vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, onions, Swiss chards, yams, sweet potatoes and asparagus. Legumes (especially peas, lentils, beans, carob, soy, alfalfa, and jicama) and some fruits, grains, nuts and seeds also contain sulfur.
Unfortunately, many of the foods to avoid are ones that we would otherwise consider to be essential for a healthy diet. But moderation and careful observation of how your body reacts to certain foods can help in reducing the incidence of these foul smelling burps. You can also try some of the gas relief and probiotics medications that are readily available.
If you experience rotten egg burps continually, you should consult a doctor since it may indicate an underlying condition that needs attention.
For more on this subject, read “Why do I have Burps that Smell Like Rotten Eggs?“