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BeNo--You Know You Need It!!

What you need: 

1 cup water
1/8 teaspoon crushed mint
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

What you do: 

Mix the above ingredients together. Gulp it down just before your meal--or during.
As vegans, I'm sure we're all aware of the wonderful effects our diet has on our body. Unfortunately...one side effect for vegans is EXCESSIVE flatulence. Blech! If anyone's ever told you the fib that "eventually your body will get used to your diet, and [i]it[/i] will go away"--you've been duped!!
Maybe my body is just prone to foulness, but either way, this above remedy works wonders. Try it and see!
You can substitute crushed mint with sage or thyme.

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I absolutely love that this community can so openly discuss gas. I'm DEFINITELY going to try this recipe!

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Camillus, I've finally adjusted as welll - took about a year, lol, but I'm noticing less, erm, foulness throughout the day. Maybe it just depends on what is eaten and how much.

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When I first switched to vegan from omni, I had HUGE gas problems, but after a few months, it became less of a problem though I was still eating the same foods.  So unless I'm just an anomoly, your body can get used to it.

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I've heard that the baking soda neutralizes your stomach acid, therefore you dont digest the beans properly, which is why you dont get as flatulent.  :-\
I dont really know for sure, but personally I'd rather digest my food properly so that my body can retain all the nutrients from it - even if it does mean my body is like an orchestra of disenchating smells at times  ;)
My advice to Vegans struggling with this gaseous dilemma: Learn how to excuse yourself from whatever situation you are in, flee (downwind if possible) a good 15 feet away from those you wish to save from offense, and let 'er rip.
If you wish, you can even use your flatulence as an offense tactic against the meat industry: Find places that people are consuming large quantities of dead animals, and (having eaten a large quantity of whatever makes you gassy the day before) have a hay day whilst standing by where the meat is being sold. It may be gross to stand beside meat, but at least your discouraging those who wish to purchase it by emitting those unpleasant scents! (Hahahahahaha)

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Oh my gosh! Thank you so, so, SO, so much! This works very well indeed... I was sick of sitting through school, err, well, you know, it got embarrassing to say the least. Thank you!

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i don't get it... imo you guys are throwing away the best part of being vegan.

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AshleyKimball, I love your fancy BeNo cocktail!

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oh, and,
i like mixing the lemon juice and baking soda together before i add the water and the mint.  it fizzles.  i forget why it does that...acid and base...?  it's like chemistry in action! cool!  :D

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  U could also try putting a piece of kombu in the pot when u boil the beans and that will help digestion.
if its bean farts were talking about

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I'm so glad I found this post. Now I can't wait to get home to try it out.  I'm getting tired of apologizing to my little girl for being so stinky! I'm certain this doesn't taste all that great, but if it works....I'll try anything at this point!

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