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General Discussion 10

Bean cramps

Kathy Thompson | Sep 22, 2008 09:23 PM

My husband and one of my friends both have a very difficult time with dried beans. It isn't just the flatulence issue, which can be a bit unpleasant, but both of them have painful stomach cramps which keep them awake at night if they eat the wrong kind of dried beans. It seems to be intermittent, and sometimes happens, sometimes not. Does anyone have any kind of solution for this problem? (Both of these folks like beans, but are very nervous about eating them much of the times - as who wouldn't be?) Beano helps a bit, but isn't totally successful, and there is something kind of weird about having to take a "medicine" with the beans. I have also cooked the beans with a seaweed called Kombu. That helps my husband, but not my friend. Anybody know what this is about? I wonder if it has to do with how old the beans are? Some types of beans are worse than others, for example, pintos.

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