Do you have a hard time digesting beans? Do you avoid them all together because of the embarrassing after effects of gas and bloating? This is the case for many people so don’t worry you are not alone! The truth however is that beans are not only a wonderful substitute for meat due to their high protein content they are also a great source of fiber and iron. So please don’t write them off just yet!
Fun fact! Preparation of your beans, peas and lentils often has a lot to do with their digestibility. So here is a quick and easy way to avoid all that horrible gas and bloating and enjoy some delicious chili, Mexican, curry or whatever you favorite dish may be!
Soak your beans for 12-24 hours in 4 cups of water per 1 cup of beans (lentils and peas can be soaked for less time). Stir in 2 TBL of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
After soaking discard water and cook well in fresh water
Add sea salt if desired during the cooking process
So why do we soak our beans? Soaking helps loosen the fibers to allow starch digestion without fermentation (gas and bloating).
What about canned beans you say? Canned beans are cooked in a can, with steam, under pressure. This toughens bean fiber making it more difficult to digest leading to all those things we hate about beans.
So soak, rinse and enjoy!