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What Can I Use In Place Of Beano?


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#1 tabdegner

 
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:22 AM

I am trying to eat more whole, unprocessed foods and am having a horrible time with raw veggies -- very very painful trapped gas that lasts for hours or days. I'm aware that Beano has gluten, Gas-X does absolutely nothing for me and I'm running out of ideas for how to relieve the discomfort. Anyone here have any tips? I have an appointment for a checkup on Monday and am going to ask the dr. for a prescription. Any help?

I should add that I have no problem with beans, lentils, lettuce, or other foods -- just raw veggies.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:29 AM

I am trying to eat more whole, unprocessed foods and am having a horrible time with raw veggies -- very very painful trapped gas that lasts for hours or days. I'm aware that Beano has gluten, Gas-X does absolutely nothing for me and I'm running out of ideas for how to relieve the discomfort. Anyone here have any tips? I have an appointment for a checkup on Monday and am going to ask the dr. for a prescription. Any help?

I should add that I have no problem with beans, lentils, lettuce, or other foods -- just raw veggies.



Charcoal Caps are sold OTC at Walgreens and they help eliminate gas.
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#3 tarnalberry

 
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:53 AM

You could just cook your veggies. Some people find it helpful to avoid raw and just cook.
You could try a general digestive enzyme (look in a health food store). You can get papain (papaya enzyme) or a product with a mix of digestive enzymes. (No particular brand name - many companies make this sort of thing.)
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:11 PM

Try Bean Zyme. It has the same active ingredient as Beano (alpha-galactosidase), but it's gluten free.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 03:58 PM

Try Bean Zyme. It has the same active ingredient as Beano (alpha-galactosidase), but it's gluten free.

Bean Zyme does contain cornstarch so if you react to corn, this could be a problem.
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 06:32 AM

I would consider Beano gluten-free. From their FAQ page.

"The smallest amount of gluten that can be chemically detected in a product is 0.00016 percent. Results of our testing have shown that Beano contains less than 0.00016 percent gluten."

IOW, their testing could not detect gluten in Beano.
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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:58 PM

I would consider Beano gluten-free. From their FAQ page.

"The smallest amount of gluten that can be chemically detected in a product is 0.00016 percent. Results of our testing have shown that Beano contains less than 0.00016 percent gluten."

IOW, their testing could not detect gluten in Beano.


Wow, I didn't know that. I have looked at the label that says contains wheat, but could not find any questionable ingredients on the label. I really appreciate the replies. Gives me some options I haven't thought of!
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 11:20 AM

I have been using Beano for about a week, unaware of the gluten-free/or-not controversy. It has been helping me with veggies. Now I read that Bean-zyme is gluten free, and would be better to use. However, since I also suffer from IBS, the sorbitol and mannitol in Bean-zyme would cause IBS symptoms (they are triggers). Sometimes I feel like I can't win for trying!! LOL!!

Why on earth would Bean-zyme need sweeteners in it?? I mean....What???
Does anyone know of a Gluten-free/IBS friendly type of digestive enzyme?

I wasn't diagnosed with Celiac until my late 50's, which is apparantly a sure fire recipe for IBS. I also have hypoglycemia (diagnosed 30 yrs ago through a 5 hour glucose tolerance test), and I can't help but wonder if they are all interconnected. I also have very bad acid reflux. Anyone else have the same cluster of digestive problems??
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 11:36 AM

I have been using Beano for about a week, unaware of the gluten-free/or-not controversy. It has been helping me with veggies. Now I read that Bean-zyme is gluten free, and would be better to use. However, since I also suffer from IBS, the sorbitol and mannitol in Bean-zyme would cause IBS symptoms (they are triggers). Sometimes I feel like I can't win for trying!! LOL!!

Why on earth would Bean-zyme need sweeteners in it?? I mean....What???
Does anyone know of a Gluten-free/IBS friendly type of digestive enzyme?

I wasn't diagnosed with Celiac until my late 50's, which is apparantly a sure fire recipe for IBS. I also have hypoglycemia (diagnosed 30 yrs ago through a 5 hour glucose tolerance test), and I can't help but wonder if they are all interconnected. I also have very bad acid reflux. Anyone else have the same cluster of digestive problems??


Sounds like its gluten-free. They can't test any lower than that. Many tested & labelled gluten-free things are tested but they can't test for none. You could do this same test on a green bean from your garden & it would test as less than .00016
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 11:57 AM

I wasn't diagnosed with Celiac until my late 50's, which is apparantly a sure fire recipe for IBS. I also have hypoglycemia (diagnosed 30 yrs ago through a 5 hour glucose tolerance test), and I can't help but wonder if they are all interconnected. I also have very bad acid reflux. Anyone else have the same cluster of digestive problems??

Hi, I have no advice but want to let you know I'm in a similar situation..... I'm 32 and just diagnosed with celiac. I also have ibs, hypoglycemia.....along with other things. I really wonder if they are all related too!! They must be. I also really question the ibs diagnoses. The drs are missing something.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:19 PM

Hi Milkmommy,
Interesting to hear that you share this same cluster of problems. I was skeptical of the IBS diagnosis many years ago, but now I have pretty much a text book case of it. There is a great website for IBS:
www.helpforibs.com

I can't handle dairy products either, which is pretty common for Celiac/IBS. All my fruits and veggies (the easily digested ones ONLY) have to be cooked and pureed, so my diet gets more and more boring! I have totally given up red wine, coffee and pop, decaf tea and water are pretty much all I can drink. I only eat skinless white chicken and fish, so.........................it's getting pretty dull! LOL!!

Chack out that website. It is very helpful. I order the Tummy Fibre from them, and it is good stuff.

All the best!

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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:22 PM

To Lovegrov and Kareng,
Thanks for the info on Beano. Sounds like it SHOULD be okay. I hope it is, and will try it again.
All the best,
karen
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:26 PM

To Lovegrov and Kareng,
Thanks for the info on Beano. Sounds like it SHOULD be okay. I hope it is, and will try it again.
All the best,
karen


That post was over a year ago, so it's good to check for current info as products change. I just looked at the Beano site & it still had the same statement.
I looked at the post wrong & thought it was March of 2011.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:50 PM

And to further confuse the issue, I remember this recent thread on Beano
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 04:13 PM

And to further confuse the issue, I remember this recent thread on Beano


Oh boy, confusion is right! I will write to the Beano company and get a direct answer from their customer relations people. Sorry to have started such a fiasco
LOL!!!
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