does adding sugar to beans reduce gas

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  • How do you make beans less gassy when cooking?

  • My method for lessening the gas-producing properties of the beans was to always add 1 tsp. baking soda to the cooking water (after soaking and pouring off the soaking water and rinsing with cold water). To prevent the taste of the soda, I also added 1 tab. granulated sugar.

  • How do you get sugar out of beans before cooking?

  • If you鈥檙e cooking beans from scratch, place them in hot water and allow to soak for several hours before cooking. A second soak using fresh water can reduce the offending sugars even further. Discard the soaking water and use fresh water to cook the beans.

  • Can baking soda help reduce sugar content in beans?

  • Yes indeed, research dating back more than 25 years (鈥淓ffect of Processing on Flatus-Producing Factors in Legumes鈥? found that adding baking soda to the soak water of dried beans before cooking (about 1/16 teaspoon per quart) significantly decreases the content of the raffinose family of sugars.

  • Do you add baking soda to soak beans before cooking?

  • I HATE the gas they create after eating – BUT – let me tell you that this adding baking soda to the soaking water really works. When I cook 1 C. of dried beans, I add 1 tsp. baking soda to the soaking water. Soak overnight. Then you have to rinse real, real well.

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