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Lentils, beans & farting

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 06:03 am
Why do beans & lentils that cause flatulence?
And is there anyway around the problem?
Madhur Jaffrey (in one of her cookbooks) suggested boiling the beans, then draining the water & replacing with fresh water, then cooking. That was supposed to resolve the problem. It didn't, when I tried this method ...

Tonight I made a wonderfully tasty, super-healthy lentil & many splendid vegetable soup for dinner. My friend C & I really enjoyed it .... But the after effects! Momma mia! Shocked
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 06:22 am
I was often told to allow them to soak in water overnight.
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 06:26 am
Yes, that's mainly to soften them for cooking, edgar. And before that, I do the picking over business, to get rid on any dodgy beans/lentils & foreign objects. Then wash them under running water a number of times before cooking. Maybe, no matter what you do, beans DO mean farts!? Confused
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:04 am
I just cook them and then it's every man for himself.
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willow tl
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:07 am
my friend swears to adding vinegar to the cooking beans ...I say fart away though...healthy...and invest in plug in air freshener:-)
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:10 am
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1585/is_n6_v20/ai_16816260

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Methane and other gases are generated in the colon by bacteria that break down the large quantities of fiber found in beans, grains, and vegetables.


So what should I say? Chinese food, and anything that contains a lot of milk, has the same effect on me. Look out! Embarrassed
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:16 am
Some interesting links:

http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99992096
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1585/is_n6_v20/ai_16816260
http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/47/60.cfm
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:24 am
Oh, incidentally, beans cause gas because they contain large amounts of raffinose (oligosaccharides) and our digestive system lacks the necessary raffinase to break it down. Beano contains raffinase.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:29 am
I read the other day that if you include a chunk of fresh ginger in the water that it will keep you from farting.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:37 am
I have read that if you fart in fresh ginger water all the microscopic life in the water will die slow, agonizing deaths.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 07:39 am
That may be true gustav, but never did a fart smell sweeter.
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 05:55 pm
Thanks, folks for the advice, comments, links & information. Indeed, at A2K, you can "ask an expert" & get an answer! Smile Laughing
You know, I never thought of farting as a USEFUL, indeed healthy, thing to do. I guess you just have to choose the right times to indulge in beans & lentils ... like not the night before that important job interview! :wink:
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