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Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:50 pm
by jb85
Hi all.
Here's my "problem".
I really love to eat chickpeas - I eat it alone or in salads. Yummy. But. I have problems with gas when I eat chickpeas. Why is that? I would like to include chickpeas in my diet more often, but I don't, because of the mentioned problem...

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Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:38 pm
by sergio
I don't know if you buy chickpeas already cooked (which seems to be pretty common in certain places) but soaking them at least 8 hours before cooking and then "breaking" boiling adding cool water a couple of times while cooking seems to mitigate the problem.

Well, this isn't a scientific claim, but chickpeas are a staple in mediterranean diets and every grandma will tell you to do this. It also said adding ground cumin works, but I have serious doubts about this one. You should try the soaking/cold water thing, though.

Welcome to the forum, btw.

Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:50 am
by hakko
I remember having the same problem when I became vegetarian and drastically increased my intake of chick peas. For me, it just took a little bit for my stomach to get used to the new diet, then the gas problems disappeared.

Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:57 pm
by Linnéa76
Another trick is to add some bicarbonate to the water, it makes the chick peas softer and easier to digest.

Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:15 pm
by thestoatyone
Useful tips all? Never wanted to ask this question, but the wife insists I don't eat chickpeas (yeah, it got that bad...) and this may be what I need to get them back on the plate! Cheers for asking JB!

Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:59 pm
by tal
Turn the chickpeas into either hommus or falafel.

Should be easier on the digestion and taste way more awesome.

Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:55 pm
by israel
In this type of vegetables it is said the peel causes the gas so if you remove it its suppose to remove the gas

if you cook like sergio said the peels - get dissolved in the water and some peels float to the top and then you remove them with the spoon ( i tryed and it dosnt work that easy for me only 70% floats or disappears but im no cook)

i would try to eat canned chickpeas and mix them with cumin

Re: Chickpea - I love it but..

PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:04 pm
by tcvegan2013
I agree with a long soak (8 hours) followed by a thorough rinsing.

It may take a month (just an estimate) to get the right intestinal flora to decrease the gas production.