Bean betrayal. Is it possible?
July 7, 2011 5:58 PM Subscribe
Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, but the more you eat, the more you fart. Is it true, Metafilter?
posted by two lights above the sea to health & fitness (24 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Within the last year and a half or so, I've been having a lot of intestinal distress in the form of gas, bloating, weird BMs, and overall awfulness. I won't get into too much more detail since this isn't anonymous.
I've been seeing a GI doctor about this, and we've tried a number of things, like blood tests for Celiac and others, special diets, etc. Recently I went on a full-on no dairy + lactaid supplement diet for 5 days (at this point it's actually been 7 days, excepting a dollop of sour cream I had on dinner yesteday.) No change at all. Two days ago, I started taking fiber at night (the kind you mix with water), but I haven't seen improvement yet. I don't think it's gluten, because I can go gluten free easily and it doesn't help at all.
So my question is: could it be beans/legumes? Before this all started, I ate beans about as much as I do now, which is frequently. I am pescetarian, but I eat fish so rarely that most of my protein comes from beans. Beans and rice, chili, burritos, and other Latin and Mexican inspired foods are my favorites and general what I like to eat every day, with some Indian thrown in for good measure. So, most of my dinner meals have black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, or some other kind of bean/legume. Which is why it never occurred to me before! I never had problems in the past, I haven't started eating larger quantities of beans, and my health hasn't changed other than my GI issues.
Have you experienced a random shift in what your body can tolerate? Was it specific to beans? Any information you can provide, whether it is personal experience or Knowledge would help. I'm tired of changing diets and recording everything I eat in a diary and just generally not knowing what's going to make me feel bad.