We tried a fermentation-tracking device and highly recommend it to find out which foods are making you bloated

Farting, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea are things we all experience. FoodMarble AIRE is a breath analysis device that tracks your fermentation levels, the foods you've eaten, and your symptoms. The app will also show you a library of foods and whether they're high or low in specific FODMAPs. High fermentation scores along with negative symptoms are indicators that your body is having trouble processing that food. This doesn’t mean you should eliminate that particular food entirely. This device is not a diagnosis. It will only tell you fermentation-related issues. If you dietitian, healthcare professional, gastroenterologist for further analysis. To learn more, visit: https://www.foodmarble.com

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MICHELLE YAN: Burping, farting, bloating, diarrhea-- we all experience these things. Some may know exactly what foods are causing them these problems, but others may not. Sure, generic lists on Google may help, but they're not personal or quantifiable enough. This device, called FoodMarble AIRE, may give you a clear idea of exactly what foods are causing your.

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Discomfort.

KARA CHIN: My digestive problems include--

GENE KIM: Feeling gassy all the time--

ABBY NARISHKIN: Constipation--

MANNY OCBAZGHI: Sharp pains in my stomach--

ABBY NARISHKIN: IBS--

GENE KIM: And also violent diarrhea.

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MICHELLE YAN: So what exactly is this device?

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JAMES BRIEF: FoodMarble AIRE is a breath analysis device that tracks a specific kind of digestion called fermentation. And fermentation's a healthy part of digestion, but sometimes too much fermentation from certain foods can cause symptoms in a lot of people-- bloating, pain, gas, and even diarrhea.

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ABBY NARISHKIN: My stomach does not respond well to things like onions and garlic--

GENE KIM: Meat or oily foods--

ABBY NARISHKIN: Brussels sprouts.

KARA CHIN: If it says sugar free, I know I shouldn't have it.

ABBY NARISHKIN: If I eat an apple, game over, and avocados, sadly.

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JAMES BRIEF: Fermentable Oligosaccharide Disaccharide Monosaccharide and Polyols. It's a fancy word that means some complex carbohydrates and not carbs like we think of, like bread. FODMAPS are found in all kinds of fruits, dairy, vegetables, grains. And these nutrients, while very healthy, if they're not absorbed properly, in certain people, this fermentation causes a lot of the symptoms that people experience.

MANNY OCBAZGHI: I don't know exactly what I'm reacting to. It could be gluten. It could be dairy. So, hopefully, this test will help me figure that out.

JAMES BRIEF: So there's two general ways that people can use this device. One, you can use it in your regular everyday use. You can track your foods, track your symptoms, and then you take several breaths throughout the day. And then with our app's food database, we can tell you which foods contain higher and lower amounts of FODMAPS.

The second way that people can use the app is that we optionally provide pure samples of FODMAPS. You mix it into a little bit of water and then for three hours while you have an empty digestive system, except for this one FODMAP, we can test you and see if you're fermenting a lot from this.

KARA CHIN: It's day one of this experiment.

GENE KIM: I got some teriyaki chicken.

KARA CHIN: I got noodle soup.

GENE KIM: Are you excited?

KARA CHIN: Yeah, we're going to learn things.

GENE KIM: [INAUDIBLE] let's do this. Let's figure out what's causing our digestive problems.

MANNY OCBAZGHI: So my first week using air has been pretty interesting.

GENE KIM: So it felt like the device was accurately measuring my activity in the stomach.

KARA CHIN: My fermentation levels are really high after I've had pizza, and pita chips, and hummus.

MANNY OCBAZGHI: One of the surprising results I got was when I went to Chipotle last week, I purposely stacked my bowl with, like, dairy products and then I did my breath test probably about a half an hour later and my fermentation score actually decreased from the morning.

ABBY NARISHKIN: I would eat the almonds, and this past week I've been recording it, and my fermentation score has been really high. So we asked why that might be happening and it turns out that almonds are low FODMAP only in smaller quantities, which I have a problem with portion control.

GENE KIM: When I eat meat with vegetables, it was actually fine. The levels would show a low indicator. But when I would eat meat with bread, like a sandwich or a hamburger, the level were high.

MANNY OCBAZGHI: So when you first download the app, it does tell you not to use the breath test while you're drinking. But I was still curious to see what it says. And my readings were, like, 10 out of 10, like, off the charts red. But that does let me know that the app is working.

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GENE KIM: I tried the inulin elimination diet. I didn't even know such a thing existed before this. I came in thinking that meat is the main problem and my diet. But it turned out that it wasn't necessarily meat, it was the things that I ate with meat, like bread, garlic, and onion.

ABBY NARISHKIN: So going forward, I'm going to eat less almonds and definitely work on portion control.

MICHELLE YAN: I think I just will prepare for suffering whenever I have these foods that I love but know that my body doesn't react well to.

ABBY NARISHKIN: I think I would recommend this device, although it didn't necessarily give me the answers that I wanted. I think would be really helpful for someone who definitely has an intolerance to lactose or one of those four pillars and so that they can get pretty solid answer on what they should avoid to eat.

JAMES BRIEF: Unfortunately, breath analysis is limited to fermentation-related issues. So if breath analysis and fermentation are not their cause of their problems, they should see a dietician, a health care professional, gastroenterologist for further analysis that can help their issues.

[? - ?] So be like, this is Gene, the farting machine.

GENE KIM: All right, you the-- give me the cue.

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