Sounds silly but - legumes and gas?

Submitted by edmund_the_destroyer in Vegan

I'm trying to shift my eating habits towards vegan. One headache - well, stomach ache - is using legumes as a bulk food.

Is this something most people experience that just subsides with time as you adjust? Or do some people just not digest legumes well?



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existential1 wrote

I eat a lot of bulk foods as a vegan, legumes included. There's some level of gas that never goes away, as it is just a biological process. Your gut bacteria are doing work when you get gas, that's just the way it is.

That being said, if you keep a steady diet of the foods, it will help with some discomfort.

But to have a direct contribution towards lowering some of the gas bi-product, add some vinegar at the end of your preparation of legumes if you're going with the boiling/slow-cooking method. Also some foods are known to help: ginger, turmeric, and cumin are some examples.

TL:DR never going to be at a 0%, but consistency and some preparation methods help.


Tequila_Wolf wrote (edited )

Yeah, so far as I understand, it takes a little before your body gets used to the increase in beans and then adjusts how it digests things, and that can make people starting out veganism extra gassy for a while.

OP, the ginger turmeric and cumin seem like good things to look into; search and learn about 'carminatives'. I'm not sure which (if any) actually work, but I assume there are some which help.


surreal wrote

ofc legumes == gas. like the saying "i fart, i shit, i'm healthy"

srly though. eat your legumes they are healthy af. i am not vegan but i don't consume much meat so i eat legumes at least 2-3 times a week.


edmund_the_destroyer OP wrote

I don't care about farting. I care about stomach discomfort. So the other comments on my post were more useful - the body adjusts, soaking and rinsing helps a lot, etc...


bloodrose wrote

Drink plenty of water to help with the added fiber. Ramp up your bean consumption slowly. Start with a quarter cup, then half, etc. Your gut biome will get used to them with less discomfort that way.


TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

While we're talking about that your poo will become softer once you ditch milk, and the more veggies you eat the more you'll poo because of the high quantity of fibers. It's not extraordinary for vegans to poo 2-3 times a day.


sudo wrote

Soak them in water overnight, then discard the water. Then thoroughly rinse the beans before cooking. I never get gas after I started doing this for black beans.