I’ve been reading some forum posts and articles and I noticed that some people are having problems with gas while on the slow carb diet.
Personally, I’ve not had much problems, I was actually surprised how little I farted considering the amount of beans we’re asked to consume, but I guess everyone’s different.
For those of you with problems though, here are 2 possible remedies for you to try:
1. Hot Soak Them Beans
This method applies mainly to raw, dry beans. On top of reducing required cooking time later, hot soaking helps remove the flatulance causing carbohydrates. Theoretically, the longer you soak them, the lesser the flatulance causing compounds.
Here’s how you ‘Hot Soak’ the beans:
1. Place beans in a large pot and add 10 cups of water for every 2 cups of beans
2. Bring to boil and continue boiling for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Remove beans from heat, cover and sit for 4 to 24 hours.
4. Drain beans and discard soak water
5. Rinse beans
Note: Do not use the soaked water for cooking because it will now be filled with the fart causing substances.
2. Consume Easily Digestible Beans like Split Mung beans
Mung beans, which are also sometimes known as green beans, are often used in various asian dishes because they are easily digestible and are considered to be a type of ‘cooling’ food.
In Ayurvedic cooking, split mung beans are used in cleansing foods like Kitchari because it doesn’t irritate the gut, which means you don’t get gas.
I believe this works because split beans have their shells removed and from what I understand, that’s where the gas causing compounds are found. So, technically, most beans that have their shells removed (split mung beans, spli yellow beans, etc) should work wonders for even the gassiest of you.
There’s one added bonus too… they’re really, really cheap. If you didn’t already know, bean sprouts are usually sprouted from mung beans, and bean sprouts are cheap, so the mung beans themselves ought to be pretty cheap themselves.
Note that split peas and split yellow beans are not the same as split mung/green beans. And yes, the split beans are yellow, not green.
I’ve not done a lot of research on slow carb friendly recipes for the split mung bean, but you could technically switch out the beans in the other recipes and see what happens, or you could try googling some recipes as well. Came across a delicious looking mung bean hummus recipe that looks slow carb friendly.
Do these methods work for you? Any more ideas and recipes to share? Feel free to drop me a message or write some comments below!