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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Good News for Bean Lovers

A British agricultural consultant has come up with a new type of bean that reportedly doesn’t cause gas. That’s good news for people who know that eating beans gives them a good case of the whiz-bangs.

Here’s why beans give people gas: the complex sugars found in beans (carbohydrates or starches known as disaccharides) are too large to pass through the walls of our small intestine, and our body doesn’t produce an enzyme that can break them down.

This forces the body to move the beans through our large intestine, where they’re eaten – literally – by hundreds of bacteria species that live there.

The bacteria produce carbon dioxide and methane as they break the foodstuffs down. As those gasses build up, they’re passed out of the body in the form of breaking wind.

4 Comments:

  • ~ Blogger Kiks said …

    I'm interested to find out how these new beans taste. I have IBS and love beans-- not a good combination. I've found that eating them slowly is helpful, and with other non-gas-causing foods. There are some that I should just avoid altogether... or else eat alone... and spend the rest of the night alone.

     
  • ~ Anonymous Christopher Simpson said …

    This is the moment I've been waiting for; beans that don't make you fart! I have a GI disorder and have been fighting all the nasty side effects beans give for years.

     
  • ~ Anonymous Stephanie Lauren said …

    I have the same problem as kiks- love the beans but have IBS which really is a rough problem after eating chipotle burritos... Hopefully the new beans taste just as good then I can be happy eating my chipotle!

     
  • ~ Anonymous kiks said …

    I love Chipotle!!! But hate what comes after :( I doubt they'll ever have these beans (it just wouldn't be the same) but we can hope!

     

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