Re: Must beans always mean fartz? Is there as less windy way
The inspiration for the title of this thread was some graffiti I saw a long time ago. It was a take on a Heinz advertisement: "Heinze meanz beanz!".
(For Heinze tinned beans, obviously). Then someone wisecracker took it upon themselves to graffiti Heinze meanz fartz
all over the inner-city.
Anyway, beans & farting:
I used to eat all varieties of beans & lentils in my 100% vegetarian days. The things I could do
with them! You wouldn't believe!
Recently (having become a moderate meat eater again, for a few years now) I felt an urge to indulge myself again in some of my old bean/lentil favourites. But I had completely forgotten about the wind
factor! Ah yes, & it all came back to me: all those theories for taking the fart factor out of beans! Like, changing the water they were soaking in, prior to cooking, many times .... or throwing out the water after boiling them for 10 minutes & replacing with fresh water for the rest of the cooking process ...
Well, none of these methods really did the trick, I'm afraid. Beans did
What I'd like to know is this: has any one of you discovered a sure-fire method of cooking unwindy
beans & lentils? If you have, I'd love for you to share the secret!
Oh & any delicious bean/pea/lentil favourites would be most appreciated, too!
How is gas treated?
Experience has shown that the most common ways to reduce the discomfort of gas are changing diet, taking medicines, and reducing the amount of air swallowed.
Doctors may tell people to eat fewer foods that cause gas. However, for some people this may mean cutting out healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and milk products.
Doctors may also suggest limiting high-fat foods to reduce bloating and discomfort. This helps the stomach empty faster, allowing gases to move into the small intestine.
Unfortunately, the amount of gas caused by certain foods varies from person to person. Effective dietary changes depend on learning through trial and error how much of the offending foods one can handle.
Many nonprescription, over-the-counter medicines are available to help reduce symptoms, including antacids with simethicone. Digestive enzymes, such as lactase supplements, actually help digest carbohydrates and may allow people to eat foods that normally cause gas.
Antacids, such as Mylanta II, Maalox II, and Di-Gel, contain simethicone, a foaming agent that joins gas bubbles in the stomach so that gas is more easily belched away. However, these medicines have no effect on intestinal gas. Dosage varies depending on the form of medication and the patient's age.
The enzyme lactase, which aids with lactose digestion, is available in caplet and chewable tablet form without a prescription (Lactaid and Lactrase). Chewing lactase tablets just before eating helps digest foods that contain lactose. Also, lactose-reduced milk and other products are available at many grocery stores (Lactaid and Dairy Ease).
Beano, an over-the-counter digestive aid, contains the sugar-digesting enzyme that the body lacks to digest the sugar in beans and many vegetables. The enzyme comes in liquid and tablet form. Five drops are added per serving or 1 tablet is swallowed just before eating to break down the gas-producing sugars. Beano has no effect on gas caused by lactose or fiber.
Doctors may prescribe medicines to help reduce symptoms, especially for people with a disorder such as IBS.
Reducing Swallowed Air
For those who have chronic belching, doctors may suggest ways to reduce the amount of air swallowed. Recommendations are to avoid chewing gum and to avoid eating hard candy. Eating at a slow pace and checking with a dentist to make sure dentures fit properly should also help.
But ultimately No Natural way to avoid bean fartz :wink:
You'd dare to eat them if you dare to fart