Over time, flatulence should fade

Black beans. Lentils. Garbanzos. Kidney beans. Pintos.  Beans and legumes are a vital part of the Mediterranean diet, which protects against heart disease, dementia, cancer and other chronic illnesses.

The problem with beans is that digesting their sugars often creates a fragrant, musical byproduct: gas, or flatulence.  Is there any way to avoid the tooting horns … and unpleasant odor?

“No studies have yet shown that a particular method of soaking or cooking beans prevents flatulence,” says integrative medicine physician Irina Todorov, MD.  “But that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with different methods — or different legumes.”


Credit: Debora Cartagena CDC

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