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Beans make you bloat???

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Hi there

I'm very new to this site. Only have about 10 pounds to lose, and have been sticking to a diet of about 1500 calories for the past 4 days. Only thing is, I'm eating chick peas and dark red kidney beans for lunch each day and I feel like i'm bloated bigtime. Does anyone else feel that way after eating beans? I know they're supposed to be healthy for you, but I feel like I gained weight instead of losing any. I've completely cut out all sugar and salt, but want to know if I should also eliminate the beans?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.


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Chickpeas and kidney beans are very good for you, but too much fibre - especially introduced too quickly or without enough water in your diet too - can make you bloat. This is no reason to stop eating them. Of fibre, the minimum is 25g for a woman, 30g for a man, though many people can tolerate more than this.

You should have some sugar and salt in your diet, though in smaller quantities! Salt/sodium is a vital electrolyte, the maximum RDA being 2400mg of sodium, translating to 6g of salt a day.

Sugars, you need to focus more on ADDED sugars and not naturally occuring ones. Examples of naturally occuring sugar is that found in fruits, vegetables, honey, molasses. From's article on sugar: In food, sugar is classified as either naturally occurring or added. Naturally occurring sugars include lactose in milk, fructose in fruit, honey and vegetables and maltose in beer.

To help with the bloated feeling, drink plenty of liquids alongside your lunch and try peppermint tea or fennel tea - they relieve bloating symptoms.

Different foods can upset the stomachs of different people. Are you swelling up, or getting gassy as well? I seem to react to certain carbs and vegetables that my body has trouble digesting which can lead to severe pain, bloating and gas. In my research the following can be reasons for bloat:

-too much fiber too early (you have to increase gradually if your body is not accustomed to high levels)

-milk and dairy if you have a lactose intolerance

-certain starchy vegetables like onions, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

-some whole wheat grains

Are you sure it is just the beans that are bloating you?

If you are concerned about an intolerance do not cut a food group or food out of your diet without talking to your doctor first and having appropriate tests.

Yes I'm pretty sure it is just the beans. I've been having instant oatmeal for approx 10 days, and I dont remember getting bloated with that. I've never had a problem with brocolli or cauliflower either, I love all veggies.

I will try the peppermint and fennel teas, hopefully i'll feel lighter after.

Thanks all

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I find canned beans are much worse on my digestion than the ones I cook myself.  My theory is that when I cook beans myself I boil them in plenty of changes of water so that a lot of the toxins that cause gas are removed.  Not sure if the canning process allows this to happen quite so well.  Anyway, it's just a theory.

Ahhh... what I've read about canned beans (or any beans we eat for that matter) should be thoroughly rinsed before consuming.  Otherwise they can make one very bloaty!

Beano is a great little product too, that is safe and works very well.  I'm actually looking into the use of other enzymes and how they help our bodies breakdown for assimilation and support proper digestion. 

Good luck!


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