“People’s concerns about excessive flatulence from eating beans may be exaggerated.” That conclusion emerges loud and clear at the end of a study published recently in the Nutrition Journal.
“Many consumers avoid eating beans because they believe legume consumption will cause excessive intestinal gas or flatulence”, they explain.
Winham and Hutchins had volunteers eat half a cup of beans daily. Every week everyone answered a questionnaire.
In the first week, fewer than half of the bean eaters reported increases in gas production. Then came a further surprise…
So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.
BONUS: Should the new findings be confirmed, this scene from the movie Blazing Saddles would prove slightly exaggerated: