Do beans give you gas? They get their reputation for being a magical fruit for a reason! In this video, I talk about why sprouted beans don’t cause gas and show you how to sprout beans at home.
If you know someone who complains about beans causing them gas, please share this video with them!
Why sprout beans?
It makes beans much more digestible!
Beans contain a protective layer of phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that make them really difficult for us to digest – soaking your beans neutralizes both of these guys.
Beans also contain complex sugars that many people struggle to digest, leaving them to ferment and feed bad bacteria in the digestive tract. Sprouting beans breaks down these complex sugars so our bodies don’t have to.
Sprouts are also absolutely bursting with nutrients and an excellent source of digestible protein.
This is a clip from the funniest episode from the US office. I LOVE that it contains sprouted mung beans, although I REALLY don’t think they smell like death!
Watching this episode reminded me how much I used to love this show! The early seasons with Micheal Scott were so funny.
How to Sprout Beans
- Pick through beans and look for any that are discoloured, cracked or weird looking.
- Place the beans in a bowl and cover with filtered water. Soak overnight or as directed in the chart below.
- Pour the soaked beans into a sieve and rinse under cold water. Place over the bowl and place the tea towel loosely on top. You want to make sure air can still circulate.
- Rinse the beans every 12 hours with cold water (I like to do this in the morning and at night).
- When the sprouts are at least double the length of the bean itself or when they have reached their sprouting time (see the chart below), place them in a sealed container in the fridge.
- Enjoy within 2-3 days over salads, stir-fries or as a protein-packed snack.
You can also sprout seeds, nuts and grains!
Just make sure they are raw and unpasteurized, otherwise, they won’t sprout.