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Subject: Re: Least gassy beans?
Date: April 8, 2004 at 7:06 am PST

In Reply to: Least gassy beans? posted by Amy on April 6, 2004 at 9:55 pm:

Thanks for reminding me of the possible issues with beans and bf'ing. Just in time to avert possible tragedy, as I plan to cook dried beans tomorrow. I'm not aware of any less gassy beans, so I'll be interested to hear if anyone else knows. But I can offer a couple of suggestions:

Be sure you're using the overnight soak method, rather than any of the quick soak methods. The overnight soak does a better job of getting rid of the gas-causing carbohydrates. After soaking, rinse beans thoroughly before using. After rinsing, they can be stored in the refrigerator until it is time to use them.

Same goes for canned beans - rinse well before using. Canned beans generally cause less gas, but obviously they have their drawbacks too.

If all else fails, and you gotta have them beans, get yourself some Beano. The active ingredient is an enzyme called beta-galactosidase, which will break down those pesky legume carbs before they cause distress.

Good luck!

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