Lima beans cause gas because they contain a particular type of sugar, called an oligosaccharide, that the human body cannot fully digest. Oligosaccharides in beans make it all the way to the large intestine undigested. Bacteria in the large intestine finally feed on these sugars causing fermentation and the production of gas.
Yes. Lima beans can produce gases in the intestine as every legume, specially in individuals that are not used to eat these type of food. Previous soaking of legumes before cooking, plus cooking legumes with kombu, for example, can help minimize this effect.
Lima beans are legumes and contain a type of carbohydrate and fiber that regulate intestinal transit. However, those individuals with intestinal diseases or irritable bowel syndrome could experience discomfort and flatulence with the consumption of lima beans because of their high percentage of fiber.
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