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How do you prevent having so much gas after eating beans?
Weight & Wellness / 6:28 PM - Monday November 04, 2013

How do you prevent having so much gas after eating beans?

do not tell me to stop, that is part of my diet.

Update: November 05, 2013.
I said I don't want to stop eating them!

- Asked by Female, 29-35

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Soak dried beans overnight with baking soda and they will be "fart" free.

- Response by siouxzen, Female, Who Cares?, Guadalajara, Self-Employed

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You don't. Your body is healthy. Let yourself fart. It's a fart, not the end of the world. You could try and alter your body via gasx, but after a minute, that stuff KILLS your insides. The only way to avoid getting gassy with beans, stop eating them.

- Response by sillysquids2, Female, 22-25, Who Cares?

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After you eat, take activated charcoal tablets. Gas gone, totally natural, no side affects.

- Response by justpassingthru, Female, 56-65, Financial / Banking

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Buy it. Use it. Voila`. no more gas.

- Response by hnygrl, Female, 46-55, Managerial

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I eat other things with it that helps how I know I had beans in with other veggies today and no gas.

- Response by pawsbuddy04, Female, 46-55

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Eat slowly, or turn them upside down so you belch instead.

- Response by pepperman46, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 46-55

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can't you pre-soak them overnight to rid some of the gas?

- Response by funegirljen, Female, 36-45, Sacramento, Administrative

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A lot gas from eating beans comes from them not being cooked well enough. There are some foods which naturally produce gas, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, but beans shouldn't be giving you gas all the time unless they're undercooked. There's OTC stuff called Beano which, if taken before eating food that creates gas, not just beans, it will help reduce it. My suggestion is not to quit eating beans, but make sure that what you do eat is well cooked and to cut down. Having constant gas in your stomach isn't good, and can actually be harmful for your digestive system if it happens more often than not. You don't need to quit, but switch to a different kind of bean, the way the bean is prepared or just cut down.

- Response by diznykd, Female, 46-55, Lawyer

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A supplement called Beano.

- Response by ilom, A Mr. Married Guy, Male, 46-55, Halifax, Science / Engineering

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I understand Beano works well. You can purchase at any drugstore, online and most likely supermarkets also. I've never used it but have heard it is effective.

- Response by lasuz, Female, Who Cares?, Medical / Dental

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Beano. It's at your local grocery or drug store.

- Response by msadvise, Female, 46-55, Transportation

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Beano, or a little baking soda in the pot while cooking.

- Response by nomadbum, A Working Gal, Female, 46-55, Chicago, Self-Employed

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Beans are a complex carb, full of starches and sugars, it is the process of breaking down the complex carb in your gut that creates gas.

To avoid getting gas, you must cook your beans thoroughly.

Dried beans MUST be soaked overnight to activate the natural enzymes that begin breaking complex carbs into simple sugars.

AND the magic touch - DON'T SALT THE WATER when you cook.

Salting the water keeps the beans from absorbing the water and cooking properly. If you remember your high school chemistry, unsalted water allows for an "isotonic" solution, which allows the water to move freely into and out of the cells of the bean.

Salt AFTER you cook, and for refried beans, salt them when you mash them.

- Response by A Career Man, Male, 46-55

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