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#1 Old 03-14-2016, 10:34 AM
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I love beans, but how do we rid them of "killer" gas, or

possibly asphyxiation?

I soaked my last batch of pinto beans in plain water for about 20 hours, seriously.

Then just cooked in crock with water, seasoned them when they were almost done. I still almost died from the gas (I exaggerate).

But seriously, I'd like to know any tricks any of you have discovered. I love beans/lentils/and all kinds so far. Plus I know what a great source they are for the proteins, fiber, etc.

Oh, and they are inexpensive, I can freeze them when I am tired of a batch I've cooked.

Are some types less gas'sious? What methods are there that you guys have proven to work for you?

ttyl, need to shower, and get ready for some exercise, thanks in advance, for any feedback, denise
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#2 Old 03-14-2016, 11:13 AM
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Did you drain off the soaking water and rinse them again after soaking?

Also: http://nutritionfacts.org/questions/...uce-raffinose/

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Did you drain off the soaking water and rinse them again after soaking?

Also: http://nutritionfacts.org/questions/...uce-raffinose/
Yes, knew to do that Joe, but still I will try some soda next time. Thanks for the link too denise

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#4 Old 03-14-2016, 12:46 PM
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I say just let 'er rip. My wife and I pass gas frequently on certain abundant-bean days. We've found that, following a whole foods vegan diet, our gas is copious but not that odoriferous.

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Beans don't give me stinky gas. Meat was appalling though.
Cruciferous veggies do - but only leave a passing whiff- nothing that sticks around.

I have heard of using kombu ( a type of seaweed), or bay leaves while cooking. I know theres a third thing....

I've only heard of using baking soda for old beans that won't tenderize

I'm not trying to minimize your experience, but really don't experience it from those I know. My sons don't get gas from beans, but again,meat, eggs, and for one, dairy


I've never experienced worse than meat farts, personally, and from those around me

Chewing fennel seeds help with gas.
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Did you mean you used a slow cooker?
That never worked for me, I use a pressure cooker. Wonder if the longer lower temp may be an issue?

Do canned beans, rinsed well, cause the same problem?
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Asofoetin (sp) is an Indian spice that helps,put a pinch in. Also skim any foam off the top while the beans cook. Dal or lentils aren't too gassy.

Also I soak the beans in the refrigerator.
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Beans have always been a battle with my digestive system, I just can't seem to eat them without getting an uncomfortable/painful bloat. I really like beans so I don't mind having the bloat, just have to pick the days carefully lol. That being said some beans I can handle better than others, cannellini are better than black beans and slow cooked are better than tinned.
I've just started to take probiotics again and this should help, I'll let you know if things improve.
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Also chew really well, chew all your food more than you think it needs, as this starts digestion.
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Has anyone noticed different kinds of beans having radically different effects? I eat TONS of pintos and black beans with at most minor discomfort. The other day I ate a serving of red kidney beans, and man, was it painful. Like some one hooked my digestive system up to an air compressor.

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You should know that cooking beans in a crock pot may not inactivate an toxin in the beans (phytohemagglutinin) which may cause abdominal cramping: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIll.../ucm071092.htm

Per that website, you can eliminate this issue by pre-boiling the beans for 10 minutes prior to cooking in the crock pot. Dave in MPLS - red kidney beans are actually one of the beans with the highest levels of phytohemagglutinin, so perhaps that accounts for your painful results?

Other tips can be found here: https://christopherkimball.wordpress...ing-beans-101/

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Beans soaked overnight in water and then cooked and drained showed a 28 percent reduction in stachyose. The precooking, quick-soak, method, consisting of a one-minute boil followed by a soak for an hour, was more effective, removing 42.5 percent of the stachyose.
So, you might find the quick soak method helpful.

Otherwise, canned beans tend to be very easy to digest, especially when drained and rinsed well. They are slightly more expensive, but super convenient and still pretty cheap overall when compared to other protein sources.
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red kidney beans are actually one of the beans with the highest levels of phytohemagglutinin, so perhaps that accounts for your painful results?
That explains it! I never cook 'em for myself and normally avoid them, but the dish they were in came from someone else and I felt kind of obligated to eat a larger portion than I would have otherwise. I was surprised at the number it played on my guts, though. Stupid oligosaccharides!
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