I’m not a huge fan of beans but the health benefits of these damn things just keep popping up everywhere. I’d like to give myself a pat on the back because in the last few years, I’ve really upped my legume intake – chili, black beans in tacos* and hummus. I’m guessing these occasional dishes aren’t really giving me all the benefits that beans are offering up. So I’m out to find a way to enjoy eating beans. Here’s what I’ve found so far – let me know if you’ve tried any or if you have a favorite dish/secret ingredient!
Finally, the awkward question on everyone’s mind – Don’t beans cause gas?!
Yep. They sure do. (Last year I made an AWESOME bean soup and let’s just say, no one wanted to be in the same room with anyone else! [cringe.])
Supposedly, soaking beans eliminates the sugars that cause gas so soaking them for a couple of hours or even over night can help to eliminate this issue.
Let your body adjust. If you don’t eat beans often, your body never fully adapts to the extra work required to digest their complex sugars. Begin by eating beans 2 to 3 times each week, then gradually increase the quantity.
Add a little something extra. Certain ingredients like a few bay leaves, a generous pinch of cumin, 6 fresh leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried) epazote or a 2-inch strip or two of kombu have gas-reducing properties when added to beans while they cook.
Ok. Well, I have recipes that look awesome and ways to deflate gas so I guess nothing is stopping me from boosting beans in my life. Here we go…
*One of my most favorite (& popular) recipes is a tofu taco and I included it in my Favorite Recipe PDF – leave an awesome comment below and I’ll send it to you!