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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Fart-Free Beans: Closer Than You Think

The sun rises in the East and sets in the West. The ocean tides ebb and flow. Beans make you fart. These are highly dependable, indisputable natural occurrences … until now.

Venezuelan researchers have identified two bacteria strains, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, which reduce the GI distress—and subsequent flatulence—that afflicts bean lovers.

The researchers found that when they fermented black beans in the two bacteria, soluble fiber content decreased by more than 60 per cent, among other benefits. Better yet, the beans retained their full nutritional value after digestion was complete.

I know you regular readers are thinking, “But Bill! You always promote fiber on the blog!” Indeed I do, because fiber (soluble and insoluble) is incredibly important for proper GI function, and should be ingested regularly.

But soluble fiber is not broken down until it reaches the large intestine, where the digestive process tends to generate gas. Bacterial fermentation gives the intestines a leg-up, as it were, in breaking the fiber down, reducing gas without reducing nutrients.

Imagine the ‘bean’-eficial possibilities. People everywhere can enjoy the terrific health benefits of beans—fried, refried, baked, boiled, sautéed, or stewed—without the embarrassing, smelly side effects.

Indeed, beans are actually a superfood, encompassing essential nutrients, including low-fat protein, fiber, iron, and potassium. They’re also cheap and easy to prepare, and available in a wide array of size, flavors, and textures around the globe.

Beans can be a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle that will keep your GI tract running smoothly—if they didn’t cause so much GI distress.

If beans make YOU fart, and if you don’t feel like waiting for the Venezuelans to perfect their experimental fermented beans, try a free sample of something I recently perfected: a new natural, premium quality digestive supplement that might relieve or alleviate your farting or other GI discomfort.

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