Indigestion Suggestions: How To Keep People From Singing “Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit…”

by Katie Gangloff

It can be a bit disheartening for those unlucky enough to not be born Japanese to know that it’s hard to digest sushi.  We hate to be the bearer of bad news but there are more foods to add to the list.  At Occam’s Taser, we feel it’s our duty to warn you that some very common foods can mess with your stomach.  Each of these foods seem like regular items consumed in any number of diets so who would have thought they could mess with your stomach so much?

It’s hard to believe that beans, a very healthy food, can be hard to digest because of their enzymes.  This enzyme needed to breakdown beans is found in your stomach bacteria. If you do not regularly eat beans, your stomach may not have enough of the stomach bacteria, resulting in gas.

Broccoli, another seemingly healthy food, can be hard to digest because of its sulfur compounds.  Blanching the broccoli can help decrease the sulfur compounds.

It’s also pretty depressing to know that chocolate can only be eaten in moderation, otherwise your gut will not be very happy with you.  When you enjoy a chocolaty treat or two, it causes the lower esophageal sphincter to relax, allowing stomach acid to come back up.

Solutions to Passing the Gas:

The Ethiopian Review tells you how to deal with those hard to digest foods. Some foods are hard to digest raw, so simply sautéing or cooking in a soup can reduce special enzymes and proteins. also gives you some ideas about how to get rid of gas, bloating and indigestion. I bet you didn’t think that keeping a ‘Bloat Diary’ would be high on the list. They suggest writing down the food you eat that makes your stomach bloat in this diary, therefore you can distinguish which foods are bloating you the most and start to stray away from them, or eat them in moderation.


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