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Bacon bellyaches

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Created April 02, 2011 at 1:15 AM

I have been eating paleo for the last nine months and much more strict about it for the last six weeks. During that whole time, I've eaten mostly Turkey bacon, but recently I've eaten two meals with pork bacon from the fresh meat department at our grocery store. Both times (a couple of weeks ago and again tonight) I LOVE the meal, eat maybe a little more than I would normally, and then have a horrible bellyache. I mean, it really makes me feel awful! Why? Everything I read says how wonderful bacon is and I want it, but I'm starting to wonder. The only common element to these two meals is the bacon and, maybe, overeating a little like I said. But I love not having to worry about portion control normally so why should that matter!? I wish that I could get grassfed bacon, but I won't get any until next week and that will only be a couple of pounds. Could that be the reason why? Grain vs. Grass? Except that I eat other grain fed pork occasionally and don't have issues. I go about 75% grass fed normally except for chicken, turkey, bacon and every once in awhile. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:06 AM

I've decided, after some more experimentation, that bacon just isn't all it's cracked up to be as well. (At least for me) I tried eating less and changing the types of bacon in this meal but, honestly, I don't think I like "real" bacon nearly as much as the sugar-cured salty kind and that just doesn't agree with me anymore.

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on April 02, 2011
at 05:56 PM

This question may be an exact duplicate: http://paleohacks.com/questions/28499/stomach-ache-from-bacon

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on April 02, 2011
at 08:53 AM

@Stephen. Is that so ... I didn't know that about turkey versus other meats.

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on April 02, 2011
at 07:49 AM

@DrK: I don't understand your point on Tryptophan, most meats have comparable levels, the whole "sleepy turkey" having significant amounts more is a myth. Therefore all meats would have that issue.

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on April 02, 2011
at 07:06 AM

And check out this thread Steven, you might find it interesting (I'm going to retag it to bring it together with yours): "Why am I getting sick of grease?" http://paleohacks.com/questions/13137/why-am-i-getting-sick-of-grease

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on April 02, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I think you may have misunderstood the question. The OP did not have problems with turkey bacon; only when he switched to pork. Though what you say about turkey bacon seems true.

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on April 02, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Last time, it was probably around a pound. It was a lot! This time, about five pieces. that was the only common food.

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on April 02, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Exactly how much bacon did you eat the last 2 meals, and did you eat anything else with it both times?

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on April 02, 2011
at 06:30 AM

Bacon is not all it's cracked up to be. It serves as a defiant symbol since it has been so demonized but it's a processed meat product and therefore likely to have a sweetener and nitrates/nitrites added to it in virtually every case. The fancy bacon will put maple syrup and celery salt instead of pure nitrates/nitrites and HFCS but it's still mostly the same chemically so maybe that's your trouble. See if you can find some side pork which is the same cut as bacon but not sugar-cured to technically be bacon.

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on May 17, 2011
at 02:06 AM

I've decided, after some more experimentation, that bacon just isn't all it's cracked up to be as well. (At least for me) I tried eating less and changing the types of bacon in this meal but, honestly, I don't think I like "real" bacon nearly as much as the sugar-cured salty kind and that just doesn't agree with me anymore.

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on April 02, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Turkey bacon is loaded with sodium and higher amounts of nitrates. There is also a ton of tryptophan in it and all three of these factors can cause serious GI issues to your gut. My advice is eat uncured nitrate free "real bacon"

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on April 02, 2011
at 07:49 AM

@DrK: I don't understand your point on Tryptophan, most meats have comparable levels, the whole "sleepy turkey" having significant amounts more is a myth. Therefore all meats would have that issue.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on April 02, 2011
at 08:53 AM

@Stephen. Is that so ... I didn't know that about turkey versus other meats.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on April 02, 2011
at 07:02 AM

I think you may have misunderstood the question. The OP did not have problems with turkey bacon; only when he switched to pork. Though what you say about turkey bacon seems true.

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on April 02, 2011
at 05:08 AM

Turkey bacon tends to run significantly lower in fat that pork bacon. I know from personal experience that adding in large amounts of fat to your diet without ramping up to it can sometimes cause digestive issues (Don't ask me how I know!). If this is the case, your pancreas may not yet be up to producing adequate digestive enzymes (lipase, etc) to help break down/emulsify the fats-this can lead to some pain, bloating, cramping, flatulence and feeling of fullness long after the meal, etc.

I don't know about the composition of your diet, but if this rings true you might want to try includin a digestive supplement with Betaine HCL and digestive enzymes - I've heard Robb Wolf recommend the Now Foods Super Enzymes and I've personally taken the Kal Super Enzymes (similar formulation) and gotten great results. These are not long term supplements- they're more something to help you get your digestion back in line.

Good Luck- hope you find the solution- I LOVE me my Bacon!

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on April 02, 2011
at 02:31 AM

Not knowing more about what you did or did not eat with the bacon and what exactly was in the bacon (cured?), it is hard to respond to this question. A pound of meat is quite a bit, and if the bacon is cured, that's a lot of salt. I don't necessarily recommend portion control but overeating makes everyone's belly hurt. Also, did you eat the meals very quickly because you were enjoying them so much? You may have swallowed a bunch of air, which I have done before when I've gotten really hungry and then ate really quickly. Massive pain. Random thoughts.

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on April 02, 2011
at 11:53 AM

I would try to find a pastured pork that is processed without nitrates and see what happens. That is how we get ours and it is divine! It causes us no issues. You may not tolerate the crap that the factory farms feed the animals, and you may not like the additives. Don't give up on bacon yet!

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on April 02, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Did you make sure the bacon was sugar free? I eat bacon every morning and I never have any stomach problems (only if it is sugar free, of course)

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