- Beans cause gas due to the sugars and soluble fiber contained in the beans. As the beans move through the intestines, gas is produced when bacteria living in our large intestines begin to breakdown the sugars and soluble fiber.
- Gas can be prevented by soaking dry beans prior to cooking them in a fresh pot of water. Soaking beans helps break down some of the sugars that eventually cause gas. Other options to prevent gas include adding more beans to your diet on a regular basis or switching to canned beans since some of the gas-producing substances are eliminated in the canning process (rinse canned beans to wash off excess salt).
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