Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit....

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-11-19 08:29:35 -0600
Started 2012-11-08 09:32:32 -0600

By Everyday Health: http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-healt...

A high-fiber diet offers many health benefits, but unfortunately it also comes with an unpleasant side effect. Here's how to fit fiber into your diet without all that intestinal gas.
By Diana Rodriguez
Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

Many people have an image of bland, tasteless foods when they think of fiber. And according to the American Dietetic Association, the typical American eats only about 11 grams of fiber a day, even though most adult women should shoot for over 20 grams and men should aim for over 30 grams.

But fiber doesn’t deserve its dull rap — in fact, when you eat a balanced diet that’s rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, you’ll likely get most of the fiber you need. Fiber has also been shown to help manage weight and lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Unfortunately, when you start to include more fiber-rich foods in your diet, you may start to notice an undesirable side effect: excessive gas. Flatulence and bloating can result, which can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, to say the least.

Foods That Cause Gas

Many carbohydrates can cause stomach gas, as they can be tough for the digestive system to process. Some common high-fiber foods that can cause excessive gas include:

Beans
Whole-wheat products, such as cereals, breads, and pastas
Bran products
Oatmeal and oat bran
Vegetables, especially asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage
Fruits, especially pears, peaches, prunes, and apples

Fortunately, you don't have to eliminate these healthy, tasty foods from your diet to get relief from excessive gas.

Ease Into High Fiber

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8 replies

mmccance
mmccance 2012-11-13 10:17:29 -0600 Report

Great article! Very informative and on point. Thank you for writing it. One thing… I remember the poem as using the word "musical" rather than "magical" — here is what I learned as a child:
"Beans, beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat, the more you toot!!"

Just a little funny!!

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-11-16 07:52:09 -0600 Report

Beware, if it begins to sound like a symphony, it's time to make changes! Beetovens fifth is acceptable however, but the 1812 overture, watchout, especially when the cannons go off !!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-11-13 11:21:49 -0600 Report

That is where I was going with the title for it. Musical makes much more sense...LOL.
I didn't write this article, just to be clear. I got it from Everyday health. They do a lot of great informative articles.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-11-16 05:16:33 -0600 Report

Beware, if it begins to sound like a symphony, it's time to make changes! Beetovens fifth is acceptable however, but the 1812 overture, watchout, especially when the cannons go off !!!

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-11-13 14:09:45 -0600 Report

when I first laid eyes on this discussion that's what I thought the title said, because of that little ditty, It took me a few times coming back to this discussion before I realized the title had "magical" in it. Funny how suggestible one can be. LoL!

Linda crutch
Linda crutch 2012-11-08 10:34:08 -0600 Report

Thank you for this information! It answers a lot of my questions. I use Splenda with fiber in it for my coffee. I believe wholeheartedly that we, everyone needs the fiber. I love all the foods you listed and incorporate all in my meals. Again, thank you.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-11-10 21:18:42 -0600 Report

Yeah, I found it interesting that keeping hydrated is a huge help. I never thought of that before either.

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