problems digesting many legumes
I'm not a vegan (actually, not fully a vegetarian either, but that is not a matter for this board, except for the desire to cut down on animal-based products) and have a terrible time digesting most legumes. I can usually handle lentils (which I love) and very well cooked white beans, as in soups or stews. I love black beans, but they don't always love me. And yes, of course I've tried Beano.
One thing I'm wondering is if edamame are easier to digest than riper, dried soya beans.
When in Amsterdam, I was pleased to have had no digestive upset eating fermented tempeh. It is hard to find in many places, except for ludicrously expensive and overflavoured versions in some healthfood stores. The quest for plain Indonesian tempeh (yum) continues.
you make me feel so lucky.
the burger joint within walking distance of my house makes an incredible "burger" on a whole wheat bun out by substituting indonesian tempeh strips for meat.
the entire deal is:
whole wheat burger bun
strips of indonesian tempeh briefly deep fat fried
fresh tomato slice
grilled caramelized onions
and then, for a $1 upcharge i have them add their Yuzu jalepeno slaw which is made using a vinaigrette NOT mayonaise.
Soybeans are actually the most difficult whole beans to digest unless they're fermented. Mung beans, lentils and adzuki beans are the easiest, any other beans will give you more of a problem.
Some tips that should help:
- Cook your own dried beans instead of buying canned or pre-cooked, and *soak* them first. The longer the soak, the better, and it should be at least 24 hours.
- When you do cook them, add a piece of kombu to the water.
- Turmeric, ginger, cumin, epazote, dill seed, coriander seed and fennel can all help with digestion and reduce your reaction.
- Seasoning them with any form of acid (like vinegar or citrus juice) will help break down some of the compounds that are difficult for you to digest.
One final thought - if certain fruits, vegetables & sugars give you similar trouble, you may actually have fructose malabsorption.