I've eaten them every morning for years cooked with lots of lard and/or beef tallow and with wonderful results. I can coast for many hours without getting hungry...my blood sugar doesn't drop. I remain very sated. I prepare them based on the soaking/basic beans method in Nourishing Traditions. I then steam them for a couple of more hours with the lard or tallow. I don't get any gas from them. Cooking beans with a piece of raw, peeled ginger helps to eliminate the gas factor.
Many SAD Nutritionists/Dieticians want you to believe that a bit of gas and bloating when first eating beans is normal, and that you'll eventually acclimate to them if you keep stuffing yourself with them. (What the heck kind of sick mindset is that, anyway?! "It'll hurt like the dickens at first, but plod through, mate! It's worth it!" >.<)
For me, that could not be further from the truth. I could never fully digest beans, even after being a vegetarian for several years and relying on almost exclusively for protein. Can you tell that my veggie years were absolute misery? Ugh.
I don't touch them now. I don't crave them or miss them or the pain associated with eating them. I'm much happier eating a dead animal of some sort for protein. :)
i dont eat them. too carby. i dont have the same belly issues a lot of people have, but we mostly soak 'em. i really really miss refried black beans with jalapenos and cumin with lots of cilantro, diced onions and queso fresco on a corn tortilla. i do miss that.... it hardly interferes with my daily functioning though. im living fine without them, and probably better.
Before Paleo, I was the Black Bean Queen! I made black bean brownies, black bean soup, chicken salad with black beans thrown it. Low fat / high fiber! What could be better!
I had no issues with digestion or gas/bloating when eating them, but they may have had a lot to do with my water retention issues. I have completely cut them out now and don't really miss them.
I love them and never had issues with them but they gave my husband terrible digestion issues. Even though I'd soak them overnight. I occaisionally miss them but they're just too Carby for me and I always tended to over eat them.
I don't normally eat them since going paleo, and they've always caused gas pains and heartburn, so I haven't missed them.
But I had a bowl of beans and rice the other day and had no trouble at all.
I'm wondering if eating paleo and taking my probiotics has made it easier for my stomach to handle things it didn't tolerate before.