LENTILS LEAVE ME ALL BLOATED
QLentils make me feel really bloated. But I am vegan so I do need to have it for protein. What do I do?
ALentils have antinutrients called lectins, which pass though our gut or stomach lining easily causing inflammation.
Over a period of time, this can be harmful and can cause issues such as mild irritable bowel syndrome, skin issues or sudden sensitivity to a food that you’ve been eating for a while.
This is true for any other inflammatory food like gluten, dairy and soy.
One way to deal with this is to avoid them for a while and allow your gut to heal by eating cooked vegetables, a whole lot of good fats, starting you day with a tablespoon of ghee. You can also have a vegan protein shake and spirulina or add sea weed chips or sea weed to your salad.
If you are unable to follow any of these options, soak lentils overnight in water with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Drain and cook the next day.
Make sure you buy a brand that says organic. You can also pressure cook the lentils the next day to negate the effect of lectins on your gut or sensitive stomach lining.
Adding some fresh ginger slices to your preparation will avoid the bloating sensation you experience after eating lentils.