Here are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Beano. If you have a question that isn't covered here, write to us. Use our Feedback page, and we'll try to give you the answer or information you need.
WHAT IS BEANO?
Beano contains a natural food enzyme that helps prevent gas before it starts. It works with your body's digestion to break down the complex carbohydrates in gassy foods, like fresh vegetables, whole grain breads and beans, making them more digestible. Beano enables you to enjoy your favorite healthy foods, whether at home, in a restaurant or at a friend's house, without worrying about gas. Beano is not a drug.
HOW DOES BEANO WORK?
Beano contains an enzyme from a natural source that works with your body's digestion. It breaks down the complex carbohydrates found in gassy foods into simpler, easily digestible sugars before they reach the colon, preventing gas before it starts. Learn more about gas and Beano.
HOW MUCH SODIUM IS THERE IN BEANO?
Beano tablets contain less than five milligrams of sodium per tablet. It can be said that Beano® tablets are sodium-free.
WHERE CAN I BUY BEANO?
Beano tablets are available in the antacid section of supermarkets, pharmacies, mass merchandising outlets and health food stores across the country. Beano is also available in outlets like Sam's Club and Costco.
FOODS AND GAS
WHAT FOODS DOES BEANO WORK ON?
Beano is not just for beans. It works on a whole variety of gassy foods, including many vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds, whole-grain breads and many other foods.
WHAT CAUSES GAS?
The body does not digest and absorb some carbohydrates in the small intestine because of a shortage or absence of certain enzymes. This undigested food then passes from the small intestine to the large intestine where bacteria break down the food, producing gas. The most common symptoms of gas are flatulence, abdominal bloating and digestive discomfort. In essence, the body lacks the enzymes needed to breakdown the carbohydrates found in some gassy foods like vegetables, beans, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds and whole-grain breads. This is where Beano steps in. Beano contains a food enzyme from a natural source that works with your body's digestion to breakdown the complex sugars in gassy foods making them more digestible, preventing gas before it even starts. Learn more about gas and Beano.
(Source: BEANO PRODUCT INFORMATION HANDBOOK: Gas in the Digestive Tract, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health)
WHEN DO I USE BEANO?
The correct timing of the dosage is also key to Beano's efficiency. To prevent gas before it starts, take Beano with your gassy food. If you are using Beano tablets, you should swallow, chew or crumble them onto your food right before your first bite or you will take with your first bit of food. If you are using Beano Meltaways, one Beano Meltaway works the same as two Beano tablets. Just place on your tongue before your first bite, and it will melt away in seconds with a smooth, light flavor to help prevent gas from happening.
HOW MUCH BEANO DO I NEED TO TAKE?
The correct dosage amount is key to Beano's efficiency. Take 2 - 3 chewable tablets or 1 Meltaway at every typical meal. For best results, you may have to adjust the number of tablets or Meltaways according to the number of servings.
WHO SHOULD USE BEANO?
Beano contains an enzyme from a natural source that works with your body's digestion to breakdown the complex carbohydrates in healthy foods making them more digestible. Beano is not a drug. It is a natural product that can help prevent gas before it starts. Beano is recommended for adults and for children 12 years and older. Beano is not recommended for use with infants or young children, except on the advice of a pediatrician. There is no information to indicate that Beano is other than safe for use during pregnancy or duing breast-feeding. However, Beano has not been tested on pregnant or lactating women. Therefore, any pregnant or lactating woman should consult with her physician before using Beano.
CAN CHILDREN USE BEANO?
Beano is recommended for children 12 years and older. Beano is not recommended for use in children under 12, except on the advice of a pediatrician.
CAN MY PET USE BEANO?
Beano has only been tested for human consumption, so we have no data on using the product for pets.
CAN I TAKE BEANO IF I'M PREGNANT OR BREAST-FEEDING?
There is no information to indicate that Beano is unsafe for use during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. However, Beano has not been tested on pregnant women and therefore, we recommend that pregnant or breast-feeding women should speak to their physician before using Beano.
IS BEANO SAFE TO USE FOR DIABETICS?
Each serving of Beano itself contributes an extremely small number of calories (less than five) to your diet and would be expected to have an insignificant effect on blood glucose. However, Beano is a natural source food enzyme that works by breaking down indigestible sugars into simpler, more digestible sugars. As a result, it has been estimated that the use of Beano will produce an additional two to six grams of carbohydrates for every 100 grams of food treated by Beano. If you have concerns about the use of Beano, we recommend that you speak with your physician.
ARE THERE ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE USE OF BEANO?
Persons who are galactosemic should speak with their physician prior to using Beano.
CAN I TAKE BEANO IF I'M ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN OR MOLD?
There is nothing in the scientific literature to suggest that individuals with an allergy to penicillin or molds would have an allergy to Beano.
CAN I TAKE BEANO WITH MY OTHER MEDICATIONS?
There are no known drug interactions. Since an enzyme will catalyze chemical reactions specific only to that enzyme, they are quite predictable. Alpha-galactosidase enzyme activity is specific to materials containing one or more alpha-1,6-galactopryanosyl groups in their structure. We ask that you speak to your physician or pharmacist about the advisability of taking Beano while you're taking other medications.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BEANO HAS EXPIRED?
Expiration dates are printed on the side of the bottles.
IS IT SAFE TO USE BEANO AFTER THE EXPIRATION DATE?
We can only assure the level of enzyme activity claimed through the expiration date printed on the package. Beyond the expiration date, enzyme activity may be less than the amount claimed, and the product may not be as effective as when it is fresh. We recommend that the product be replaced when it is past the expiration date. We also recommend that Beano be stored below 25°C OR 77°F. Avoid heat to protect product freshness.