LENTILS, BEANS = GAS. What to do about it!!
Sometimes when I am in a store doing taste testing and I talk about the health benefits of eating lentils – someone says - “but they make me fart - A LOT!” the gas is caused by good bacteria in our guts digesting the high fibre and specific carbohydrates found in beans and lentils as it passes through the large intestine.
The good news is that you can reduce it with the following 3 steps:
1. RINSE BEFORE COOKING – at least one minute under cold running water - especially tinned beans and lentils
2. SOAK OVERNIGHT - if you’re using dried beans or lentils, soaking them overnight (or at least 4 hours) then rising them washes away those gas producing carbohydrates – this is how we process our beans and lentils in all of our products.
3. INTRODUCE THEM SLOWLY – small amounts at first allows your gut bacteria time to adjust, then slowly increase which will manage flatulence more effectively!
If you find that you are uncomfortable with gas build up then try this yoga move! Childs Pose is recognised as a good way to expel gas. Just make sure you’re relaxed in a comfortable environment to really let go!