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As a new vegetarian I have thought that beans and tofu are maiin sources of protein but I have had trouble because eating beans gives me gas and It makes me very uncomfortable all day until I get home and can let it out. sorry to be so detailed. what protein foods do you use that dont do this, other than tofu?

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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Its hard though coz I feel like I need protein during the day... i spose there are other options heehhe

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Soak beans
add baking soda to beans
take/eat digestive enzymes
drink lots of water

seriously the soaking beans trick helps a lot, i can tell if I eat out and the beans were not soaked bc my stomach will hurt not soon after eating. I soak my beans for a long time, sometimes to the point of sprouting, sprouted beans are much easier to digest. Some beans don't need as long of a soak while others can handle long soaks, like garbanzos.

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Beans give you gas because you are having trouble digesting them. If you try different ways to cook them, you may find that you can make them easier to digest and therefore won't have trouble with so much, if any gas after eating them.

It also might be helpful to increase the enzymes in your stomach that will aid in digestion. Fresh papaya and fresh pinapple both have digestive enzymes that might be helpful. Keep in mind that these enzymes are not present in canned, frozen or dried papaya or pinapple. There are some suppliments that have enzymes as well.

When you cook the beans add a bit of kombu (a sea vegetable) about the same size as your pinkie finger. It can also be called dashima or haidai. I get it at an oriental grocery. The kelp helps to increase the minerals in the water cooking the beans, which makes them cook in a way that renders them more digestible. The reason you are getting gas is because the way you are cooking the beans is making them harder to digest. Soaking them prior to cooking also helps to make them more digestable.

Other sources of protien include: Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, peanuts etc., seeds such as sunflower, sesame, quinoa, some kinds of veggies like avacado, dairy (if you are lacto/ovo). There are also a variety of beans, some of which are easier to digest such as lentils. You could experiment with different beans too and see if some are less gassy than others.

Protein Sources and How Much You Are Actually Getting By the Numbers

Beans, Nuts, Seeds

1 cup garbanzo beans 14.5 grams
1 cup pinto beans 12 grams
1 cup refried beans 15.5 grams
1 cup soybeans 28 grams
1 oz. cashews 4.4 grams
1 oz. peanuts 6.5 grams
1 oz. sesame seeds 6.5 grams
1 oz. pistachios 5.8 grams
1 cup tofu 22 grams
1 cup lentils 18 grams


1 cup yogurt 13 grams
1 oz cheddar cheese 7.1 grams
1 egg 6 grams
1 cup cottage cheese 10 grams

Fruits and Vegetables

1 avocado 10 grams
1 cup broccoli 5 grams
1 cup spinach 5 grams
1 cup peas 9 grams
1 medium artichoke 4 grams
1 cup asparagus 5 grams
1 cup beet greens 3 grams

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