Beans make you fart, right?
Not so fast! According to this study, “People’s concerns about excessive flatulence from eating beans may be exaggerated.” To find out, the scientists measured gas after bean-eating. Their findings:
Less than 50% reported increased flatulence from eating pinto or baked beans during the first week of each trial, but only 19% had a flatulence increase with black-eyed peas. [So eat more black-eyed peas!]
CONCLUSIONS: People’s concerns about excessive flatulence from eating beans may be exaggerated. Public health nutritionists should address the potential for gastrointestinal discomfort when increasing fiber intake from beans with clients. It is important to recognize there is individual variation in response to different bean types.”