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Digestion of Ground Beef Compared to Other Meats

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2011 at 5:22 PM

I eat grass-fed ground beef on a regular basis for dinner. I am noticing that my digestion is significantly better and I feel better the next day, compared to when I have some other meat for dinner. I seem to be more regular, less rock-in-stomach feel and just generally feel better. Other meats include a variety: grass-fed steak; pastured and grocery store chicken breasts/thighs; grocery store pork loin/chop; and sometimes wild caught fish. The short and perhaps obvious answer is that I should eat grass-fed ground beef every night. In all honesty, that would get a little tiresome despite the many ways it can be prepared. Anybody else notice this? Any thoughts about why I might experience this reaction? I take digestive enzymes with all of my meals.

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on August 17, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Jimbo, well said! I hope everyone here follows his advice. That leaves more beef for me :D

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on August 17, 2013
at 06:08 PM

PS - ME > Planet.

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on August 17, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Yeah, that's all kinds of stupid.

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Great answer. I'd agree, essentially the beef has been all chewed up for you. In fact I feel the same afterwards. And I'll eat raw bits of ground beef and I often feel like I've eaten nothing, in a good way.

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:35 PM

So you feel better after eating grass-fed ground beef than after eating grass fed steak.

Ground meat is by its nature ground into relatively small pieces. Generally when you break a food down into smaller particles you make digestion of the food easier. The surface area of the food is increased and your digestive enzymes have a larger area to work on.

How well do you chew your food?

Perhaps you could try chewing your meat more thoroughly to break it down more and maybe ease its digestion.

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Great answer. I'd agree, essentially the beef has been all chewed up for you. In fact I feel the same afterwards. And I'll eat raw bits of ground beef and I often feel like I've eaten nothing, in a good way.

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on August 17, 2013
at 06:04 PM

Beef is one of the absolute WORST foods you can eat ... for your body, your soul and the environment. It is the least efficient source of calories available requiring huge inputs of grain (3X as much as poultry and 4-5X as much as fish) and lots and lots of water compared to more efficient animal proteins, like fish and fowl. If you don't have a moral or religious restriction on eating beef you should at least eat it less often. Every night?! Are you TRYING to wreck the planet or are you just obliviously uncaring about the health of the planet's ecosystem?!?! If you want to eat a mammal go paleo-style and eat wild venison ... better for you and better for the earth (not so great for the deer or elk or whatever you shoot though!).

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 17, 2013
at 06:08 PM

PS - ME > Planet.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on August 17, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Yeah, that's all kinds of stupid.

8d6390b3b8991a9cb653a3d13c1cbf6a

(543)

on August 17, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Jimbo, well said! I hope everyone here follows his advice. That leaves more beef for me :D

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:47 PM

I have experienced the same issue with meat. My preference is for the ground beef which I consume raw. I am wondering if there are any prep methods to make tougher meats more easily digested/consumed(an earlier question of mine). 2-3 minutes of eating for 1/2 lb. of ground, up to 20 minutes of chewing for steak, etc.(raw). I prefer raw for nutritional purposes and to increase healthy gut bacteria. No digestive enzymes for me as these are contained in the meat.

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