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10-10-2006, 09:09 AM
I'm pretty frustrated because it seems that everytime I try to eat dates or raisins atleast 20 min later I start to get really gassy and my stomach gets incredibly bloated and it lasts all night usually. Is it too much fiber? I've tried to drink plenty of water when eating dates or raisins but it still seems to happen everytime and I'm just wondering if after awhile my body will get used to it?? I dont want to cut them completely out of my diet because I dont know what I'd do without having deserts :( :(
does anyone else have this problem??
10-10-2006, 09:29 AM
I get gassy with dates and raisins when they are in a dessert with nuts or coconuts. I have learned that the only sweetner I can handle in fatty desserts is agave... I know, I wish I could partake in all the raw desserts that mix fruits and nuts!!!
10-10-2006, 12:20 PM
No, I don't have this issue. Sorry to hear that you do. But you can always try other extra sweet fruits or help other fruits be sweeter. :p I do this occasionally. Ok...I'll give you some of my trusty sweets...LOL.
1) Clean and slice an apple into bite size pieces. Drizzle a hefty helping of raw agave necter all over the bite size pieces of apple. Top with small pieces of walnuts! (Tastes a bit like apple cobbler to me.)
2) Do the same with a banana and you get a taste similar to banana nut bread.
3) Oooo...I love key lime pie. So, in my food processer I add a couple bananas and the juice of a couple limes. When it's blended smooth it tastes a lot like lime pie filling. :D
4) In a processer blend prunes, agave and sunflower seeds with some sea salt and a little water to bring it together. Make little bite size rounds...and refridgerate.
These are of course, mine...so, I am probably not doing food combining correctly...or whatever...but they work for me...and I don't get tummy aches. :rolleyes: So, I hope some will work for you and give you a few other options. (((HUGS)))
10-10-2006, 02:00 PM
I think that the problem is not being caused by the particular food but by the fact that you are eating them at the wrong time.
Neither dates or grapes should be eaten after a meal which containes slower moving foods.
Leave at least an hour after a meal before dessert
10-10-2006, 02:17 PM
* chuckles *
I call those little date guys "cockroaches" Like everyone said, soaking makes them "eaiser" to digest but ultimately dried fruits is more challenging on the digestive system. True also, that they are higher in fiber---double whammy.
btw, how have you been consuming them and how much are you eating?
10-10-2006, 08:38 PM
Yeah, dried foods in general are tough to digest... soaking them makes it a little better, but still not as good as fresh.
Also, where are you getting the dates and raisins? Many store-bought dates are steamed and raisins are dried at high temperatures. So unless you're getting them from a raw food place, they might not be raw, also making them harder to digest.
10-10-2006, 10:36 PM
Hope you get to the bottom of the problem so you can enjoy these wonderful fruli again............
10-10-2006, 11:32 PM
I had that problem with dates. Then again I used to eat massive quantities at a time. Make sure they're raw. Really raw dates are difficult to find I think. Or the fact that hey're just very condensed dried fruits haha....they're hard to digest for some.
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