Rajma chawal can make anyone happy, isn’t it? But have you ever felt gassy after enjoying a hearty meal of rajma or any other bean for that matter? Wondering why beans cause gas? The culprit is the dietary fibre present in beans. The digestive tract cannot break the fibre down and it gets used for energy instead. The insoluble fibre forms 3 types of oligosaccharides.
The insoluble fibre pass without getting digested from your stomach to small intestines and finally to your large intestines. As we humans don’t have the enzymes needed to digest that fibre, you feel gassy and uneasy after consuming them.
What really happens?
Let’s get into the details and have a close look at what really happens. Bacteria live in the large intestines as their duty is to break down molecules that cannot be broken down by the body otherwise. The bacterial microbes break the oligosaccharide polymers to a little less complex carbs. During this fermentation process, 3 gases get released and they are hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The bacteria produce methane gas as well. No wonder why beans make you feel so gassy. The more beans you consume, the more gas gets produced. When you consume too much of it, you will have pressure and that will lead to farts.
Does this mean you have to forgo eating rajma? Noooooo! How can you?
Don’t worry, there are ways to prevent you from getting gassy!
1) Soak before you cook
Always soak beans a few hours before cooking them as this will make sure that at least some of the fibre gets washed away while you rinse the beans. Soaking the beans for a several hours causes fermentation and the gases get released before cooking. You need to ensure that the beans get cooked properly because when they are raw or uncooked, they can cause food poisoning!
2) Discard liquid in canned beans
If you are using canned beans, you should throw away the liquid in the can and rinse the beans well before you go ahead with your cooking. This way they will be less gassy.
3) Add spices
4) Chew properly
In order to digest beans or anything else, you should chew it properly! This helps in the process of digestion.
5) Food combination
In order to avoid gas, you should eat beans with veggies. Avoid eating potatoes with beans as it can affect digestion.
6) Consume in moderation
Don’t dive into the bowl of beans just because you love them! Going overboard with any kind of beans can make you feel uncomfortable later. You should practice moderation when it comes to beans. Eat within limits to keep indigestion away! It will be good for you!
So, now that you know why beans cause gas, I hope the next time you cook your favourite beans you will keep the above points in mind!
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