Christmas fun! A different Gas Risk Assessment: Brussel Sprouts
It’s that time of year again when we all enjoy a bit too much of well…… everything. In fact the average Brit consumes approximately 7,000 calories on the 25th December and that’s despite leaving the sprouts.
But considering our strong background in gas monitoring at BEK we have been intrigued to find out what causes the post dinner events which are well known to be associated with the green culprits (and we don’t mean the debate as to if you’ve earned dessert).
The main offender in sprouts is a complex sugar called raffinose (pronounciation – wiffy – nose). The raffinose component of sprouts proves hard to break down by our own digestive systems and when they enter the large intestine they are instead broken down by our resident gut bacteria which produces.. yes you got it gas!
The gases include hydrogen, methane and carbon dioxide and their relative appearance depends entirely on which relative is to blame – that’s because the numbers of bacteria within the gut varies from person to person – it really is a mystery as to who dealt it. We guessed you didn’t want to know!
Here at BEK we have carried out a significant number of Ground Gas Risk Assessment projects the year 2017 ranging from qualitative assessments to quantitative assessments based on a set gas monitoring periods in accordance with CIRIA C665 guidance. From single residential developments to large commercial units, we have provided diligent cost-effective advice on the implementation and validation of ground gas measures.
On that note, we would like to thank our valued customers for their continued support throughout the year! Happy Christmas and a fantastic New Year from all the team at BEK.