Do You Have Rancid Burps and Should You Be Concerned?

Playing Are Rancid Burps a Sign of Something Worse?

Do you have burps that smell particularly bad? The Doctors answer a question from a viewer who asked, "Why do my burps smell so rancid? Is this a sign of something?"

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork explains this could be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also commonly called GERD.

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If these intense burps only happen occasionally, Dr. Travis explains that it could be due to eating foods that contain high amounts of sulfur, which can turn into hydrogen sulfide gases. These hydrogen sulfide gases are what cause you to burp a scent that is reminiscent of rotting eggs.

Some vegetables high in sulfur, that may be causing your burps to smell, include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, arugula, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, mustard green, radish, turnips, and watercress.

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Other foods that may be contributing to smelly sulfur burps may include eggs, beer, meats, beans, nuts, and tofu.