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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
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
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.