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Photo: Prostock-studio (Shutterstock) We’ve all been there. You’re on a first date, or in a meeting, or trying to be a considerate airplane passenger—whatever the reason, you’re holding in a fart. Sure, it’s uncomfortable—but could it be dangerous to your health? Could not passing gas cause you to pass away? Could you die by “ silent but deadly ?” (Okay, I’m done.) Most people fart five to 23 times per day , but any number of social pressures could force you to hold back one of those nasty guys. Here’s what you need to know about the potential consequences of letting your gas build up instead of letting it rip. Why we fart in the first place We all swallow excess air from activities like eating and talking. Gas is also released while your large intestine breaks down food–especially foods like broccoli, beans, and dairy. When excess gas builds up in your digestive system, your body needs a way to release it. And so, unless you’re willfully restraining yourself so as not to scare off a first date, that gas is often released as a fart. Is holding in a fart dangerous? Holding in your flatulence is known to cause feelings of indigestion, bloating, and pain. Plus, as Healthline points out , the added social stress of holding in a fart can often make your physical discomfort even greater. Luckily, little scientific evidence suggests that holding in your farts will lead to serious health issues aside from temporary discomfort. […]