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Do you have a hard time digesting carbs and meat at the same time?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 30, 2012 at 4:27 AM

Beyond the more eccentric claims on food combining, one thing I've read that makes sense is that the body has different enzyme systems to digest meat and carbs, requiring different stomach conditions.

I remember hearing of an experiment where they feed fasted people meat and it liquified and digested nicely. The next day, they fed the same people potatoes, and the same happened. The third day, they fed them meat and potatoes together, and digestion was poor and incomplete.

I can say this seems true from personal experience/feelings. I can digest meat much better when I eat it alone (or with a bit of greens is ok). But combined with starch, I feel its more difficult to digest the meal.

I realize the meat would blunt the insulin response (GI moderation?) to the carbs by slowing things down. I personally eat my starch first, give it 15 minutes to start digesting, then eat my meat (when I eat carbs that is).

I've been VLC meat and greens only for 5 months, but I started leangains almost two weeks ago. The program has me eating A LOT of starchy carbs. Curious as to the thinking on this matter.

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on July 07, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I agree wholeheartedly.

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on July 07, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Maybe because that stuff is easier to find and eat that the labor involved in hunting.

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Thanks for your comment, but all the tribes I was reading about ate mostly carbs (like palm core, pumpkins, bananas) in addition to meat. Why is that?

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on July 03, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Seems like before paleo, perhaps everything was a bit more screwed up, so perhaps you just didnt perceive the complicated/compromised digestion in the midst of all the other noise. Now that you've realized how it feels to feel right, you are more aware of what isn't. As for traditional meals with meat n starch together, I think that's a Neolithic convenience. It seems logical to me that paleolithic hunters wouldnt waste room in their bellies for starch when they'd made a kill and has so much fresh meat to eat. Seems the roots etc would be eaten when there was nothing better (meat).

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on July 07, 2012
at 11:45 AM

IMHO without ability to store significant amounts of food and relying only on foraging, our paleo ancestors rarely had opportunity to have different types of food at the same time.

Besides, most of the carbs that are mixed with meat nowadays are neolithic inventions - rice, bread. Event pumpkins and bananas.

Maybe paleo people used to eat quite a few tubers, baked in ashes, but I think they were eaten mostly as separate food during times, when it was hard to get meat.

During neolithic era meat became expensive commodity (as it is even now in the most of the world), so people mixed little pieces of meat with a bowl of grains to give it palatability, if they had choice, no one would care about carbs at all, eating only meat and fat.

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on July 07, 2012
at 11:46 PM

I agree wholeheartedly.

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:13 AM

Thank you so much for this question! For a long time eating carbs and meat separately was in vogue among my friends and I used to argue them to death that our digestive systems have evolve in a way to digest anything in any combination. I used to tell them that I do not know any tribe or any traditional culture where they would eat meat and starches separately. On the contrary, meat and starch is a perfect combination in many many traditional diets. Meat and potatoes, chicken and rice, etc.

Well, now, when my digestion is all screwed up due to gluten/food sensitivities, etc. I have noticed that if I eat starches separately, I don't get any "heavy" feeling after I eat. But if I eat meat and starch together, I feel very tired and sleepy.

Just like you, I digest meat much better with some leafy green vegetables, no carbs. The thing is - I USED TO DIGEST MEAT AND CARBS TOGETHER FINE before I went Paleo.

Am I lacking some essential enzymes now? What is going on?

I don't have any answers - only questions. WHY???

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on July 03, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Seems like before paleo, perhaps everything was a bit more screwed up, so perhaps you just didnt perceive the complicated/compromised digestion in the midst of all the other noise. Now that you've realized how it feels to feel right, you are more aware of what isn't. As for traditional meals with meat n starch together, I think that's a Neolithic convenience. It seems logical to me that paleolithic hunters wouldnt waste room in their bellies for starch when they'd made a kill and has so much fresh meat to eat. Seems the roots etc would be eaten when there was nothing better (meat).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:25 AM

Thanks for your comment, but all the tribes I was reading about ate mostly carbs (like palm core, pumpkins, bananas) in addition to meat. Why is that?

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(2417)

on July 07, 2012
at 11:45 PM

Maybe because that stuff is easier to find and eat that the labor involved in hunting.

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