RE: HELP!! GAS GAS GAS!!!
Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7:11 AM
I think you are on the right track. If you are eating the same foods you have been eating without much trouble, it could be surrounding issues, such as water and chewing. There may be certain foods that digest better for you if cooked longer, such as sulfur-containg vegetables like broccoli and cabbage. Fruit can sometimes digest better if cooked, so adding raisins to your oats while still on the stove, for example.
Even though these are the same foods you have been enjoying for a while, you might consider switching to smaller beans as opposed to larger ones (and of course always soak and rinse your beans thoroughly).
More bean tips:
* After soaking dried beans, drain them, and then cook them in fresh water. It may also help to add a pinch of baking soda to the soaking water.
* Make sure the beans are thoroughly cooked.
* Drain and gently rinse canned beans. This also decreases the amount of salt in some brands.
* People who eat beans regularly have little or no trouble digesting them, so start with smaller servings and work up to larger and more frequent servings.
* Smaller beans are easier to digest for some people, so try black beans, black–eyed peas, and lentils, and work your way up to pinto and fava beans.
* Adding 2-4 inches of kombu (also known as sea kelp) to beans while cooking can help with digestion.
Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education