Lesson 5. How to de-gas your beans

This lesson will show you how to get the component in beans that gives gas (to some) out of the beans.  (From Lesson C in the eBooklet.)

Issues with gas - no more  (from Lesson 2 in the eBooklet)
I'm a cooker, a teacher, and an eater. I have no medical knowledge at all. I'm not trying to share any medical knowledge - just cooking knowledge. I believe there are two matters to address with regard to a plant-based diet and gas. First, plant-based diets usually have a lot more fiber than what you're used to. Eventually, your system gets used to the increased fiber and it handles it well over time.  Beans have a lot of fiber. That's good. You'll get used to it. 

Then there's a second component to managing a transition to beans. I'll say that there's "a carbohydrate" in beans' skin that has a hard time breaking down in the gut. This carbohydrate 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. 

    If you feel you need to "de-gas" the beans, do this: (from Lesson 7 in the eBooklet)
        a. Cover beans in the pot with water (use as little water as possible) 
        b. Bring beans to a boil (see foam on top of water) 
        c. Throw away this sudsy-looking water (the gas producing component is in the foam) 
        d. Do this procedure three times. 
    This whole procedure shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. 
    (The more beans you eat, the less you’ll need to do this. Your body adjusts. I promise. Just give it some time.) 

This lesson is done. 


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