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Sep 22, 2008 09:23 PM

Bean cramps

My husband and one of my friends both have a very difficult time with dried beans. It isn't just the flatulence issue, which can be a bit unpleasant, but both of them have painful stomach cramps which keep them awake at night if they eat the wrong kind of dried beans. It seems to be intermittent, and sometimes happens, sometimes not. Does anyone have any kind of solution for this problem? (Both of these folks like beans, but are very nervous about eating them much of the times - as who wouldn't be?) Beano helps a bit, but isn't totally successful, and there is something kind of weird about having to take a "medicine" with the beans. I have also cooked the beans with a seaweed called Kombu. That helps my husband, but not my friend. Anybody know what this is about? I wonder if it has to do with how old the beans are? Some types of beans are worse than others, for example, pintos.

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  1. Sounds to me like you aren't cooking the beans long enough.

    I'll get severe cramps in my chest if I eat underdone beans (I've done it to myself too! They taste done at the pot, but by the time you get them to your plate you think...why in the WORLD did I pull these? It can take hours to do them correctly, and an overnight soak is always better than the 'quick soak' method, that makes gas worse.

    1. Soak them longer. I do 24 hours. Change the water twice.
      Kombu should help. Also consider ginger.
      I don't consider Beano to be a medicine any more than the above things. It merely gives you more of an enzyme that you are lacking.

      1. From what I;ve read, it is the flatulence issue. Many beans have a type of sugar that is poorly digested. The usual recommendation is to put the dry beans in water, bring it to aboil, then drain off the water and proceed as normal. However, it may be best that you just avoid beans. Quite a few people have foods they avoid.

        1. Walking or exercise can help move the gas along so it can be passed. Maybe Beano?

          1. Have you tried epazote ? It is supposed to relieve the flatulence issue and cramping. It's a standard in bean heavy diets. I haven't tried it because I don't have a huge problem but as soon as my Penzey's order comes in I'll give it a try.