Inflammation and red meat

Answered on January 20, 2014
Created December 12, 2013 at 6:14 AM

I LOVE paleo and just have a question.

I have an autoimmune disease, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, and am to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Everything I read labels red meat/saturated fat as inflammatory. What are the opinions out there. I know that inflammation is at the root of just about every ill and want to learn more about this topic and Paleo eating



on January 19, 2014
at 03:27 AM

Autoimmune disease if not genetic (family history) it not treated by specific foods because

we (patients or physicians ) didn't know it is causes so no any treatment found neither drugs nor foods. what next? physicians and experience patients prescribed specified food and drugs to minimize the symptoms not to curing the disease it self so all treatment either

by drugs or by food is a balderdash .

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on January 20, 2014
at 06:13 AM

Red meat can increase pathological inflammatory activity. Key word being "can". Just because something can produce an effect doesn't mean that it always does, other factors tend to influence the tendency. I summed up my thoughts on this subject in this similar post http://paleohacks.com/questions/173062/inflammation-from-red-meat.html#answer-173085

So what I suggest regarding red meat is to make sure that you have a high fiber intake, are consuming a lot of fruits, vegetables, teas and other polyphenol-rich foods and don't overcook or under-cook the meat. Try that out and see what happens. Perhaps do a week of the baseline diet, then add in red meat for a week, see what happens, and then take it away again and see what happens. For the vast majority of people eating a healthy and nutritious diet and not overcooking their meat, red meat like beef doesn't pose any significant problem.


on January 19, 2014
at 06:21 AM

I have the same condition and the same questions!!!!, really need help on this one as I clean up my diet to deal with my Hashimotos disease. Every anti inflammatory diet I have seen says to eliminate all red meat/saturated fat, which is supposed to be OK on a paleo diet! and I think paleo makes the most sense over anything I have seen! Help!!!!!


on December 12, 2013
at 12:19 PM

from what I have read, to state it simply - inflammation is caused by processed foods - this includes all foods which are not natural, that are not live containing their own probiotics - in short all the foods that are included as food in our western culture. I think meat and milk is not a real problem when the animal has been grass fed out doors in a natural invironment and not exposed to too many poisons, including vaccines and gmo's. Good fats are important too, if you are eating meat, eat it with the fat and also butter and cream. The other factor, which I have read about is the lack of magnesium in our diet ... I have links that won't paste here, but just google inflammation and magnesium and you can get some good information.

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