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Lesson 56. How to de-gas beans

Issues with gas - no more 

I'm a cooker, a teacher, and an eater. I have no medical knowledge. I'm not trying to share any medical knowledge - just cooking knowledge.


I believe there are four matters to address with regard to a plant-based diet and gas.

  1. Plant-based diets have a lot more fiber than non plant-based diets. It takes a while for the body to get accustomed to the added fibers. If you keep up with the new level of fiber by eating some kind of beans every day, eventually, your system gets used to the increased fiber and it handles it well over time. Give yourself some time. Your body will get used to it. 
  2. It seems that the body has an enzyme to break down the beans in your gut. If you haven't been eating beans, you don't have much of that enzyme. But if you eat more beans, you'll manufacture more of the enzymes and the gas will go away. See video from Dr. Fuhrman below who explains this starting around 4.10 minutes on the video.
  3. I understand that there's a sugar or a carbohydrate in beans' skin that has a hard time breaking down in the gut. This sugar is water-soluble. There's a method (see below) to get that carbohydrate out of the beans' skin so you won't be bothered. It seems that even this issue goes away over time and you don't have to de-gas your beans after a while on this diet.

Here's the procedure to get the sugar out of the DRIED beans' skin. This will help de-gas your beans until your body has gotten used to it. 

  1. Cover beans in the pot with water (use as little water as possible)
  2. Bring beans to a boil (see foam on top of water)
  3. Throw away this sudsy-looking water (the gas producing component is in the foam)
  4. Do this procedure three times.

This whole procedure shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.

Hear about gas at 4.10 minutes on the video

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