Coming from my background in the medical field at actually makes a lot of sense that increasing the amount you eat is the issue. It is like an allergy. I'll use bee stings to illustrate my point.
The first time a person gets stung they have little to no reaction to the sting. The second time the reaction gets worse and the third time it is obvious that they are allergic to bee stings. At that point they are generally issued an epi pen because it is likely the reaction to bee stings will get progressivelyt worse.
If you were eating beans only a few times of week you were not introducing the toxin to your body as ferquently, more exposure causes an increase in your immune response to the food. The same thing happens with people that have gluten intolerance. Some are hit with it fast and hard and are diagnosed as children. Others it develops as they age.
Some people find that taking probiotics helps to reduce the intestinal problems associated with lots of different foods.
I use canned beans; kidney, great northerns, pintos, refried; and I always rinse them. I have just about cut them out, but yesterday I thought I'd give a bean burrito a try and my stomach did hurt. I've liked and eaten beans my whole life, so it seems weird that I would develop a problem now, just because I increased the amount I eat from 3-4 times a week to almost daily. Maybe it IS getting old; I AM forty! It's frustrating because I know beans are a great source of protein and fiber!
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I take a digestive enzyme to help with breaking down the fiber in my diet. I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and have found the older I get the harder it is for my digestive system to break down all the fiber without help.
Beans specifically can cause people problems. While I agree with mentioning the pain to your doctor, I also think eliminating beans for a while to see how you feel is also prudent. Beans contain fiber, but they also contain anti-nutrients. SOme people can handle these without problems and others get pain, bloating and other issues.
How are you preparing the beans to cook? If you are using dried beans and doing the quick prep method, you should switch to the slow prep with an overnight soak. It helps remove more of the phytates and lectins that may be causing your issues. If that doesn't work, you might need to consider not eating beans. Anything that causes you pain like that is harming your body and that is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
Thanks for the replies! I don't think it's just fiber, because I'm still getting fiber from other sources that aren't bothering my stomach. Someone did tell me it sounds like an ulcer. I have a regular doctor appointment next month; I guess if I'm still having issues I'll bring it up then. [Yes, I'm one of those people who avoids doctors if at all possible! I believe in "ignore it and maybe it'll go away". Works for everything except pregnancy; haha!]
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I gotta go with "go to the doctor". It might just be fiber, sure, but if it is, it's a sure sign maybe you need to cut out the fiber. Your doctor can address it.
but it also can be an ulcer. hard foods like beans aggravate ulcers. I had something called GERD, which i think is a general term for "we don't know what it is yet, and tests are expensive so we are going to attack the symptoms and hope it helps", (grins), and once they got me on a good med, i got to eat beans and onions again.
Previous post is right if it continues, but yes you can have stomach aches for increased fiber. I don't know how to go about increasing fiber because I've been on my 25-35 for the last few years. but I think it's a couple of grams increase per week and also you should try and keep with how much fiber you are consuming so your body can acclimate.
You really should get this checked out by your doctor. I had something similar (occasional stomach aches after eating, vomited a couple of times) and thought it was just foods that were causing me problems. I thought that maybe I just couldn't eat certain foods anymore since I was getting a little older (was in my late 30s). Well...it turned out to be my gallbladder. It was just a few stomach aches until the really bad attack where I was so painful that I needed to go to the ER, which led to emergency surgery to have it removed the same day as the diagnosis. My sister had stomach pains after eating and she found out she had an ulcer. My neighbor had stomach pains that he thought were just indigestion and it turns out he had stomach cancer (he passed away only 3 months after his diagnosis). I could go on with several more examples... Anyway, I'm not trying to scare you or anything, but any abdominal pains/stomach aches/indigestion are not normal or okay and you really should visit your doctor to be safe.
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I joined Spark in January, and at that time I started adding more fiber to my diet, including lots of beans, which I love. In March I started having some occasional stomach pain for no apparent reason. When it got bad enough I started trying to figure out what might be causing it. Long story short; it seems like the pain is the worst after I've eaten beans, and I've actually vomited a few times after eating beans. [Just so you know, the pain is high, in my stomach. I also drink plenty of water. And, I'm not someone who ever has much stomach trouble.] Any ideas?? This is throwing a wrench into my new improved diet, and also my exercise sometimes!
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