Eating green beans?

Since: Sep 11

Spring Grove, PA

#1 Sep 6, 2011
I only had one attack of diverticulitis and don't want another one, so I am very anal about what I eat. Haven't had any green beans in two years. I cooked some for my husband tonight and noticed how soft they are and picked some of the seeds out and they are also very soft. Just wondering if anyone else eats green beans.

Dartmouth, Canada

#2 Sep 6, 2011
I eat them in moderation and have no ill effects.

Wentzville, MO

#3 Sep 7, 2011
I live on them. lol Have had no problems. Soft seeds are ok. Its the hard ones you have to be careful of. At least thats what I have found. Fixed a big pan of new potatoes and fresh green beans this past weekend. They were awesome!

Leesburg, FL

#4 Sep 7, 2011
Ditto Linda. I eat them all the time. It's my "go to" veggie after an attack - while on low residue.

Since: Sep 11

Spring Grove, PA

#5 Sep 8, 2011
Thanks! I will give them a try.

London, KY

#6 Sep 14, 2011
What about regular beans like black beans or pintos? I know everyone is different but when did some of you introduce them back into your diet after diverticulitis? I'm eating pretty well these days but I'm really being careful. I'm not into beef at this time which I find interesting because I like beef.(actually we eat elk only). I'm sticking with chicken for the most part. I did have some salmon last night which was yummy. It's so nice to be feeling better after this past month! I never dreamed a person could feel so bad for so long!

London, UK

#7 Sep 14, 2011
I eat lots of beans and lentils. I have replaced a lot of the meat content of my meals with them with no side effects. I started eating them as soon as I could tolerate fibre in my diet,

However, they do cause extra gas to begin with.

Some of the ways to prevent this is to soak them for longer than overnight -24 hours is best and change the water at least once during that time. Also , I cook them in two changes of water, even before adding them to soups and casseroles.
Another thing is to 'mush' them up -like refried beans or mushy peas - or liquidise them in soups.
If I use tinned beans I drain them, put them into fresh water and cook them for a bit longer. The gas is caused by something that comes out of the beans when you cook them so the longer, the better.

Also -once you get used to them, the gas does calm down a lot!

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