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I Would Appreciate Advice About Beano.

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Poll: To Beano or not to Beano (6 member(s) have cast votes)

Since Beano contains a tiny amount of gluten (smaller than the smallest measurable amount), is it advisable to use it to reduce gas pain?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:24 PM

I've been gluten-free for three days and I stopped using Beano when I read on this forum that it contains a minute amount (<.00016%) of gluten, but I think not using it may have been a mistake, since I ate a few small pieces of broccoli without Beano yesterday and now I feel very bloated. I'm not lacking the enzyme in Beano; I just used it as a precaution when I started feeling ill. It seems like a trade-off. I don't want to experiment with other enzymes. Is Beano a good idea if used in moderation?

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 05:53 PM

The last time I read the ingredients on Beano they included wheat, and therefore not gluten free. Beano can not be used at all.

I spoke to the manufacturer of Gas-X (Novartis Consumer Heath) last. They told me that the Chewable Gas-X is gluten free and the Extra Strength (green) Softgel have not been tested for gluten but no gluten is knowingly added.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:54 AM

I wouldn't touch it with someone else's hand. Period. My opinion but I am zero tolerance, and not by choice.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:19 AM

i've read on this board before that Phazyme softgels are gluten free. i've also used them sporadically in the past without any problems. the difference between Phazyme and Beano is that you take Phazyme when you are already feeling gassy/bloaty, as opposed to before. it provides a good amount of relief though....
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:34 PM

The enzymes in beano have been derived from Aspergillus. It is a toxic fungus that produces all kinds of mycotoxins one of which is the enzymes used in beano. So, for me, it has two strikes against it: gluten and mycotoxin.


There are many spices that will reduce the gas produced by fermentation of the beans in the intestines.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 04:50 PM

Hi everyone, Can anyone recomend the best anti-gas spices as well as the best Enzyme or anti-gas medicines. I was looking at the Pepcid AC 10 mg Tablets and Pepcid Complete Chewable Mint Tablets, but wanted to know if thats the best or what would be better.
Thank you ever so much.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:24 PM

On the subject of gas...I'll tell you my thoughts.

I had terrible gas--it would get trapped in my chest and the base of my neck, making it hard to breath or swallow. I was always crampy and bloated and was afraid to be around people sometimes as it could be embarassing as it made it's way downward, if you get my drift. :unsure:

My GI advised me to use Phazyme--the softgels are gluten-free--but it only gave some temporary relief.

I got resolution by doing an elimination diet and found that legumes were the cause of my gas problems. I was already gluten, dairy, tapioca, soy, citrus, and coconut free. The relief when I cut out legumes was dramatic--in addition to the gas, my 12+ years of eczema cleared up and has not returned.

Gas is your body's way of telling you that you are consuming something it doesn't like. It may be temporary--such as brocolli on a healing intestine.
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Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:45 PM

The enzymes in beano have been derived from Aspergillus. It is a toxic fungus that produces all kinds of mycotoxins one of which is the enzymes used in beano. So, for me, it has two strikes against it: gluten and mycotoxin.


There are many spices that will reduce the gas produced by fermentation of the beans in the intestines.

The name mycotoxin implies certain properties.

Ask a pharmacist, "What is the difference between a nutrient, a drug, and a toxin?"

The answer will be, "Dosage."

Many things that are essential nutrients in our diet are also toxins if consumed in sufficient amounts. Iodine is toxic in certain amounts, but is an essential nutrient to the thyroid. Potassium can make us very sick, but without it our kidneys do not function properly. Sodium can be a toxin that causes hypertension, but without out we die. Dosage (the amount taken in) is everything, as most things involve shades of gray--very few things are pure black or pure white.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:25 AM

After reading this post yesterday, I contacted the company. The email below is the reply I got. From what I can tell, they really do not know either. I find the suggestion to contact my healthcare provider to be interesting. They do not provide PPM or % information to take to my doctor. Beano is basically a probiotic. I think I am going to stick with other Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free brands. This practice just seems safer.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding Beano. We always like to hear from consumers who use and enjoy our products.

We do not have any specific studies regarding the use of Beano in a patient with Celiacs Disease. Patients with Galactosemia should consult with their Healthcare Professional before use. However, wheat bran is used as a fermentation media in the processing of Beano. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) went into effect on January 1, 2006, focusing on the labeling of foods that contain certain drug allergens. The United States Congress has identified wheat as a major food allergen (in addition to milk, egg, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, and soybeans). Since wheat bran is used in the process that manufactures the active ingredient in Beano, Alpha-galactosidase enzyme (aspergillus niger), MedTech made the decision to list wheat under active ingredients on the packaging. Consumers who are concerned about the wheat (gluten) content should contact their Healthcare Professional for further advice. We hope that you will continue to use our products.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call our toll free number 1-800-250-8866 or send an email to service@prestigebrands-custsvc.info.

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