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Sprouted black beans: the root of all evil?

SatchySatchy Raw Newbie

The other day I thought I’d be creative and use some sprouted black beans that I purchased at the store and convert a cooked black bean dip recipe with sprouted black beans to make a raw version. Well, I was pleasantly surprised with my creation at first. Even took pictures so others could marvel at my work :). But after about an hour I started to feel tired. Then an overwhelming feeling of nausea overcame me. After several hours I eventually threw up.

In the midst of feeling ill I began googling online about sprouted black beans. I found some stories about people who got sick from eating them as well.

Now I am wondering, was this just a fluke, or are sprouted black beans not supposed to be eaten raw? I read that sprouted Lima Beans should not be consumed (research indicated a resounding no) but has anyone else had experience with sprouted beans in general (positive or heinous) ?



  • rawclairerawclaire Raw Newbie

    I’ve had the experience with all types of beans that they are indigestible (even when raw) and cause some constipation. I don’t eat beans (excpet when I go crazy and go for a buffet at an indian restaurant and eat beans an lentils). Either I have a sensitive stomach or those things are not meant to be eaten. Period. So it’s probably because I can’t digest them, I don’t know.

  • alpdesignsalpdesigns Raw Newbie

    Legumes, grains and tomatoes contain certain lectins that can cause you to feel this way. None of those foods are good for the immune system and I don’t eat them because they can cause an immune response leading to exacerbations (I was diagnosed with MS). Loren Cordain has written a book about this. Other foods contain less harmful lectins. I’ll post some references if anyone is interested. Cooking beans reduces the effects. I thought sprouting did as well. I guess that I was under a false assumption. I don’t eat them either way. I do feel the effects of wheat and tomatoes nearly immediately.

  • CarmentinaCarmentina Raw Newbie

    I can’t really eat any sprouted beans without first steaming them briefly, otherwise I end up on the toilet for hours. I have read online that large beans like chickpeas and kidneys are toxic if eaten raw – indeed that’s the effect they have on me. I’ve always marvelled at all the raw humus recipes!! It has the same effect on my husband too.

  • heathermarsbombheathermarsbomb Raw Newbie

    thats weird….Ive never tried sprouted black beans but I have never had trouble with any other sprouted legumes…

  • cannibalwarriorcannibalwarrior Raw Newbie

    Sproutpeople.com is a great resource, they recommend certain legumes for sprouting and not others. I don’t think black beans are normally recommended.

  • lzhptlzhpt Raw Newbie

    I do not sprout any legumes after a really bad illness after consuming raw hummus. Lectins are not good. If in your cooked days, you wouldn’t eat it raw, I don’t even attempt to sprout it. The same goes for potatoes of any kind, all legumes, grains. I know many people who sprout their grains with no effect, but it’s not worth picking out all the saponins (little casings) for me. Google this for more information.

  • shellshowsshellshows Raw Newbie

    Same exact thing happened to me last night.  My experience led me here. 

  • algaealgae Raw Newbie

    I have been a raw/living food person for several decades now and have grown and eaten sprouts extensively. I was once traveling through mexico with some friends in a volkswagon bus and we were growing sprouts in the bus and stopping at open markets for fresh produce along the way. At one stop we bought some local black beans and sprouted them...after eating some, I was in extreme pain for a long period of time, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced before and I never tried sprouting black beans again. I have found that with mung beans, chick peas, and lentils they will produce some digestive gas if I don't remove that hulls and/or add cumin. But nothing like the black bean sprouts...today I was looking online to see if there is a way to successfully sprout and digest black beans without cooking, and I found this post, I may read a few more, but unless I find something credibly affirmative, I will not eat black beans that haven't been cooked

  • gwenagwena Raw Newbie

    Once, early in our relationship, I made a raw chili for my husband, and he loved it, but later we went for a walk and he excused himself and went across the street to vomit by a tree!  I then learned that not all bean sprouts are edible. You've got to be careful though a good rule of thumb is that you can sprout small beans but not large ones.  I had used small red beans for my chili.

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