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does phytic acid cause gas?? is that why beans cause gas or is it the raffinose?

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one study I read showed that about 1/3 of the population produces more methane in their flatus than the other 2/3 (which produce little to none). You can tell which camp you are in due to the smell (methane producers also produce more sulfur). And it is the methane produces which have more problems with oligosaccharide sugars

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gas is caused by bacterium that is unable to breakdown food as it passes through the intestines. In the case of most legumes it is oligosaccharide sugars

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on June 27, 2013
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The most common, irritating oligosaccharide in beans is raffinose, and is the main culprit of why beans give people gas. Some people are more sensitive to raffinose than others (similar to lactose intolerance), causing severe cramps and bloating.

All of this is a separate issue from phytates.

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on June 27, 2013
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one study I read showed that about 1/3 of the population produces more methane in their flatus than the other 2/3 (which produce little to none). You can tell which camp you are in due to the smell (methane producers also produce more sulfur). And it is the methane produces which have more problems with oligosaccharide sugars

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on June 28, 2013
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Raffinose is made up mostly of an indigestible complex carbohydrate galactose (sugar) fructose and glucose. Galactose is very hard for your small intestine to break down and absorb unlike glucose. Galactose is completely broken down in the large intestine (colon) where the gut bacterial feed off the complex sugar and break it down. Gas ia a byproduct of the microorganisms (gut flora) eating away at the sugar.

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Phytic acid perforates the gut (causing "leaky gut" syndrome in some people) and can damadge the villi in the small intestine, but it's the raffinose that causes gas.

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