Different kinds of beans on a market

What beans can you eat on the low FODMAP diet?

If you follow the low FODMAP diet, you might know that most beans are off-limits. Beans are high in galactans and because of that many of them should be avoided in the elimination phase.

However, beans are a good protein source, they are high in fiber and they are also nutritious for the good bacteria in your gut. So eating some beans now and definitely is beneficial.

In this blog, I will show you how you can add a small serving of beans into your diet during the elimination phase of the diet.

Have you finished the reintroduction phase and do you know that you can tolerate galactans and, in some cases, fructans? Then you can enjoy some more beans in your meals.

Three boxes with a meal with beans

Beans that should be avoided

There are some kinds of beans that don’t have a low FODMAP serving size, so those should be avoided. I’ll also include peas and lentils into this list because they are all pulses:

  • Baked beans
  • Borlotti beans, canned
  • Broad beans
  • Fava beans
  • Haricot beans, boiled
  • Navy beans, boiled
  • Red kidney beans, boiled
  • Split peas, boiled
  • Chickpea, sprouted

Beans that have a low FODMAP serving

The following kinds of beans have a low FODMAP serving. As you can see, in some cases canned pulses have a higher low FODMAP serving than the dried version.

This is because when beans and lentils are canned, some of the FODMAPs in the food leak into the water in the can. This lowers the amount of FODMAPs in the beans or lentils.

When eating canned pulses, it is important to drain and rinse them well before using them. You can find an overview of beans and other pulses here:

  • Mung beans (green gram), cooked: 40 grams
  • Adzuki beans, boiled: 35 grams
  • Adzuki beans, canned: 38 grams
  • Black beans, fermented: 15 grams
  • Black beans, boiled: 40 grams
  • Black beans, canned: 40 grams
  • Black beans, refried, canned: 34 grams
  • Moth beans, cooked: 25 grams
  • Red kidney beans, sprouted: 25 grams
  • Butter beans, canned: 35 grams
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), canned: 42 grams
  • Dal, Toor / Turdal, pigeon pea, cooked: 35 grams
  • Lentils, canned, drained: 46 grams
  • Lentils green, boiled: 29 grams
  • Lentils red, boiled: 23 grams
  • Lima beans, boiled: 39 grams
  • Mung beans, sprouted: 95 grams
  • Pea, blue, cooked: 35 grams
  • Black-eyed beans, boiled: 20 grams
  • Pinto beans, dried, cooked: 23 grams
  • Pinto beans, refried: 45 grams
  • Pinto beans, whole, canned, and drained: 45 gram
Sprouted beans on a platter on a red background

How to eat beans on the low FODMAP diet?

You might say, sounds nice, but 20 to 40 grams of beans is nothing. How will I incorporate beans into my diet?

You can add a spoonful of beans to your salads or mix a little bit into a rice dish that you are cooking.

I also love making my own hummus with chickpeas and I enjoy that in a small serving. Or I roast some chickpeas in the oven with some spices to get a crunchy snack.

Check out some low FODMAP recipes with beans and other pulses below:

How are you going to incorporate some beans into your diet?

Beans in a bowl

Other blogs about the FODMAPs in foods

Would you like to read more about whether certain foods are low FODMAP and in what quantities? Check out the articles below:

Fruits and vegetables

Dairy and grains

Other foods and drinks

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  • Kandy M. says:

    Thank you for keeping this short and simple! Great info and explanation! Looking forward to getting the low fodmap beans back in the rotation.

  • Kristine says:

    If I eat lentils in a meal, can I also eat another low fodmap bean in that same meal or should I eat only one bean type per meal? Thank you!

    • Karlijn says:

      You should be careful with foods that contain the same FODMAP group. If you use them together in the meal, you stack the FODMAPs and you can get complaints. For example: butter beans and lentils both contain the FODMAP group GOS. In the elimination phase, I would stick with one type of bean per meal (or small portions that don’t go over the safe serving size when you add them up together).

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