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Beans toxic-making me sick? :(

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I have been making tortillas the last few days and decided to make some  beans with them. They are small red beans and they cooked in my slow cooker, on high, for about four and a half hours. I made them a few months ago without any problems.
 

Yesterday I started to have an upset stomach-today it got worse and now I have diarrhea too. Thing is, the same thing happened to me when I ate this meal a couple weeks ago but I figured it was the salsa. 

Anyhow, I should have known not to but I figured it would be pretty harmless to Google “can dried beans make you sick” well...obviously not a good idea bc all I found were articles about how toxic dried red beans can be and that often slow cookers don’t get hot enough to break down the toxin. Cue panic! I am really worried about this now and it is no doubt not helping my stomach situation. I recovered last time, feeling sicker, but my anxiety is really playing up. Any advice? 
 

Also, I have been whole food plant based for two years now so my gut is definitely use to eating lots of fibrous food. 

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Did you soak your beans first? I typically soak/ rinse them for a couple hours (or use a pressure cooker). Drink lots of tea and fluids it’ll pass. Your body is deffo telling you something! Also I’ve been vegan for 5 years 🙂 

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Nice to hear from a fellow plant eater 😄

No, I did not soak them. I think that was my mistake and I’m feeling pretty confidant that that’s where I went wrong. Still feeling sick today but I guess it could be worse. Next time I will make sure to soak and cook them in a regular pot. Thanks for the input. 

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Vegetarian here and I have food allergies. It definitely could be the lack of soaking. Hopefully it passes soon! Don’t panic. You will be ok! 🙂

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Thank you! Almost certain it was the lack of soaking. All better now and lesson learnt. Soak your beans and cook them thoroughly, lol! 

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