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 Post subject: Black salt farts?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:04 am 
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The last two times I've made something with black salt I've had the most gawd-awful flatulence. Last time (when I used it in a tofu scramble) the farts were just stinky, but last night (after eating the Denver Quiche from Vegan Subs) I has gas cramps in my lower abdomen that were so extreme I thought I had an ovarian cyst that was about to burst. And when the emissions were finally released (what a relief) it was like someone had opened up the bowels of hell itself.

I'm assuming it's the salt that's doing this to me as the only other common elements in those meals were tofu and a bit of seitan, both of which I eat regularly with no problem. Ironically, when I googled to see if this is a noted side effect, a few websites suggested that in Ayurveda, black salt is supposed to cure flatulence.

Has anyone else ever experienced "The Winds of Kala Namak"? Have you found a way to temper the winds? I'm not ready to give up on the stuff yet. I love what it adds to eggy dishes. But those cramps were no fun and I do feel sorry for my partner and the cat.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:46 am 
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I've never (to my knowledge) eaten black salt, but if I can find some in town today I will try it out and report back!

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I have experienced these both from Black Salt and from using Vegg which contain Black Salt. I'm not sure if there is anyway around them, but I just consider the smell as the price that has to be paid for great tasting food (and my family's punishment for not being vegan :-))

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Yes! They are terrible. I can't remember if I've had the horrible gas pains from black salt, but it definitely has smelled like the hell mouth (I imagine anyway). Incredibly sulphuric and nasty.

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It's just another way it helps to simulate eggs.

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Yeah, I got that too. I haven't been using it much anymore, because I don't like how awful it makes me feel, or the horrible stench. Sad though!

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Dropscone, you're awesome! I don't know if you're looking to experiment out of solidarity or curiousity, but you're awesome either way. Let us know if you try it.

I'm so glad it's not just me! Well, I'm not glad that other people are suffering from it, but still, at least I know it's a "thing" and likely to be the cause of the problem!

I'm not giving up on the black salt just yet, and if it's just the smelliness most of the time, I'll keep using it, but if I get cramps like that again, I'm afraid I may have to pass on the deliciousness.

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I've been using it a bit more recently, and I was wondering the same thing. I think this pretty much confirms it...

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Maybe cos black salt comes from sulfur, it makes them extra stinky because sulfur smells like farts.

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Yes!! So bad.

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Salt in the digestive tract extracts water from the body by osmosis. Kala namak acts as a digestive aid in reversing constipation and allowing individuals to eliminate flatulence.


http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-me ... -namak.htm


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:13 am 
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I figure it doesn't cause flatulence but makes the farts you have far more stinky?

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magnificent70s wrote:
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Salt in the digestive tract extracts water from the body by osmosis. Kala namak acts as a digestive aid in reversing constipation and allowing individuals to eliminate flatulence.


http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-me ... -namak.htm


I'm not sure what those two sentences have to do with each other. And I don't put much stock in Ayurvedic medicine. Also, does "eliminate flatulence" mean "make it go away" or "make you fart"?

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I figure it doesn't cause flatulence but makes the farts you have far more stinky?


I thought the same thing the first time, but this last time the gas was so ridiculously painful, and like I said, I've never had that with any of the other ingredients, so I'm inclined to think it really is causing it in my case. I'll have to see if it happens again.

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I think the article uses "eliminate" in the medical sense, i.e. expel through your stinky began butthole.


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I still haven't found this although my search at a spice stall in the market led to a guy offering to drive me to a shop where they sell it! Maybe this is the new secret to meeting people...

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 Post subject: Re: Black salt farts?
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Found some (for 99p a packet, yay!), now eating my second plate of tofu-egg fried rice. I know everyone else up thread has already corroborated that it does indeed cause stinky farts, which sounded fun (good job I live on my own!), we'll see about the gut pain... I think I've had about a teaspoon of the stuff, maybe just under.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:02 am 
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dropscone wrote:
Found some (for 99p a packet, yay!), now eating my second plate of tofu-egg fried rice. I know everyone else up thread has already corroborated that it does indeed cause stinky farts, which sounded fun (good job I live on my own!), we'll see about the gut pain... I think I've had about a teaspoon of the stuff, maybe just under.


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 Post subject: Re: Black salt farts?
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I'd say I had a less than average farty couple of days after. Guts - difficult to tell, because I just got my period early, so I had a few twinges which I suppose could be down to either, but hardly noticeable either way. The only thing I noticed was that the smell seemed to linger for a longer time than normal when I took a dump.

It's fun to experiment.

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Yes, it's definitely the sulfur in the salt that is causing the smell but not the farts. The farts would be there anyway but the sulfur makes the smell.

Here's a great quote from an article I found:

"When research subjects ate a diet in which half of their calories came from pork and beans, they experienced a tenfold increase in their normal gas production."

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I use quite a bit of black salt, since Indian food is all I know how to really cook. ;) Anytime someone has a problem with black salt nepalm emissions ;), it's usually when it's combined with tofu or soy in general. Must be something about that combo. I use black salt with lentils and rice with no problem, but if we have tofu scramble with it at my house...well, let's just say we burn a lot of incense afterwards. :)


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you know, i'm starting to feel deprived. first, no nasty smelling pee from asparagus, now no shock and awe from black salt. thanks body, for being no fun.

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Little My wrote:

Here's a great quote from an article I found:

"When research subjects ate a diet in which half of their calories came from pork and beans, they experienced a tenfold increase in their normal gas production."


Good to know! Also, that sounds like one unpleasant study. How long were they stuck on this diet, and what would have happened if they'd thrown in some black salt?

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Rebekah wrote:
Little My wrote:

Here's a great quote from an article I found:

"When research subjects ate a diet in which half of their calories came from pork and beans, they experienced a tenfold increase in their normal gas production."


Good to know! Also, that sounds like one unpleasant study. How long were they stuck on this diet, and what would have happened if they'd thrown in some black salt?


They probably would've just blown the lower half of their body off. ;)


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VeganHoodoo wrote:
They probably would've just blown the lower half of their body off. ;)


I feel guilty for laughing so hard at this.

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Heeeeey, wait a minute......

I posted in the recipe section about my recently acquired fondness for this stuff. Interestingly, I've had the worst diarrhea ever since using it.

PS I figured no TMI warning was necessary, because, well this whole thread.....


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