We've all been in a situation where letting a fart lose would be less than ideal, but according to a new study, it's gonna come out one way or another. Or to be more precise, out one hole or another.
According to diet and nutrition expert Professor Clare Collins from the University of Newcastle, holding in a fart cause 'abdominal distention' which causes some of that gas to be absorbed and exhaled through your breath.
So not farting means: "some gas (will be) reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath."
It doesn't mean a fart will come roaring up your throat, but that's not exactly a consolation. Holding in your farts can cause other issues, too.
"Holding on too long means the build-up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart," said Collins.
So if you need to let one rip, science says it's best to just let it out. One way or another...