Legume Love

Legumes are tragically underappreciated in our society. Beans, peas, and lentils fall under the legume umbrella. They are high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and minerals. 

Below are a few of the issues with bean consumption and what to do about them:

If you do have IBS or another gastrointestinal disease, check out Dr. Sue Shepherd's low FODMAP diet.

I would also like to correct the second sentence in the age-old saying: "Beans, beans, they're good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you fart. The more your fart, the better you feel. So eat some beans at every meal." From my own personal experience, I would vehemently argue that when it comes to frequency, and to some extent volume, "the more you eat, the less you fart!" 

In an effort to decrease my reliance on processed vegetarian protein sources, like tofu and fake meat products, I ventured into the realm of legumes. The truth is that the first few months were fart-filled. Let's just say I no longer have any boundaries with my in-laws after a memorably gaseous Thanksgiving. The good news is, my body gradually adjusted, and now I can eat beans, fart-free. My digestive system just needed to get acclimated to the beans by building the requisite muscle memory. 

Below are some tips for aspiring legume lovers: