• Question: What causes people to burp?

    Asked by laurennnnh to Amy, Drew, Julia, Kimberley, Sara on 21 Jun 2011.
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      Sara Imari Walker answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Hey lauren! Lol, interesting question!! Burping is a way for us to expel excess gas from our digestive system (mostly from the stomach and esophagus). Sometimes we swallow excess air when we are eating. We also burp more after drinking soda because of the carbonation – that carbonation is all just carbon dioxide gas. We have to get rid of it some how!! Burping is the way our body does it.

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      Drew Rae answered on 17 Jun 2011:

      Sara has it Lauren. When people say “I’ve got gas” they really mean it.

    • Photo: Julia Griffen

      Julia Griffen answered on 19 Jun 2011:

      Gases that are produced by the digestion of our food. and swallowing air.

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      Amy MacQueen answered on 21 Jun 2011:

      Hey Lauren!

      Its a little gross but…generally burps are caused by swallowing air while eating or drinking. This air then escapes through the mouth. Fizzy drinks can also release the gas that causes the bubbles once they are in the stomach – this gas also needs to be expelled (i.e. got rid of!!)