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Friday Weird Science: beans, beans, a magical fruit...

(Scicurious, Neurotic Physiology) Everyone knows that beans make you fart. It's something that's basically assumed to be a fact of life. Beans have high fiber, high fiber does things to your intestinal tract, and the net result is a chorus of flatulence and stink that makes you unfit company…
[Beans] not only contain a lot of fiber, they also contain resistant starches, which aren't easily broken down. This means they end up getting digested by bacterial fermentation in your intestines, and a side effect of fermentation? That's gas…
[A recent study found that] bean type matters. Only 19% of patients complained of farting after black-eyed peas, while 47-50% complained the magical fruit gave them too many toots when they ate pinto beans or baked beans (one unfortunate carrot eating control did complain of really bad gas). But this was only in the first week. Farting reports dropped off in week two and by the end of the 8 weeks, they might as well have been eating carrots…
It's important to note that they weren't just studying farts here. This study was part of a larger study on the effects of beans on heart disease risk, and they found significant improvements in things like lipoprotein profiles and cholesterol. So 1/2 cup of beans per day could definitely do some good, without causing too much bad air…
[T]he authors do note that farting occurs most often when people increase fiber from a low fiber diet, and goes away as you get used to it.
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