How to Cook Beans Without Getting Gas

Eating nutritious and delicious food is indeed a good thing. However, if you are eating legumes possibly, you want to avoid eating them due to the possibility of getting indigestion or gas which is not healthy at all. It can even be embarrassing.

Eating beans will lead to getting gas is a statement that does not hold 100% truthfulness to it. Although, there are some people who have experienced getting gas a lot or having indigestion but to refuse to eat such nutritious food is something you will be missing.

There are ways which you can prevent yourself to get gas or indigestion; all you need to do is cook the beans properly.


  • water
  • beans
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • salt
  • parsley, mint or other herbs (garnish)


  1. Use unsalted water in soaking the beans. Soak the beans on a bowl of unsalted, cool, water for approximately 6 hours. This will lessen or remove the gas-producing sugar called oligosaccharide.
  2. Never attempt to eat beans raw. There are different types of beans such as white, red, and kidney beans and all of these contain – phytohaemagglutinin (a type of toxin). This can lead to vomiting and nausea by simply eating a couple of raw beans. Boiling water helps remove phytohaemagglutinin coming from the beans. It is highly recommended to boil the beans for a minimum of 10 minutes. It is highly recommended to increase the boiling time about an hour or so. In this way, you can be assured that the toxin is removed and the beans will be soft.
  3. Add salt at least half way to its cooking time. If you tend to add the salt quite early, the boiling process will stop doing it’s thing and the softening process will not precede leading to a tough and awful taste beans that can lead to indigestion.
  4. Aside from adding different dose of flavors to the beans, you can also add a couple of spices in order to lessen the possibility of indigestion. You can add 1/4 tsp. of turmeric and cumin right into to the beans when you start boiling it. You can add even one slice of ginger (fresh) to the beans. This will give more flavor and good palatability.
  5. Serve the beans while it’s hot. You can garnish the beans with parsley, mint or other herbs to add more flavor to it.

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About the Author: Leona Kesler is a head-chef at a very popular food restaurant in New York. Also she is a blogger who shares her experiences, tips, and other informative details about food and cooking. Her recipes are featured on many magazines.

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