I have eaten a paleo diet for at least 6 months now. I am pretty sensitive to what causes inflammation in my body. I can tell by getting a stuffy nose. I find that I get stuffy from eating red meat, especially steak. Does anyone know why this may be? Does anyone else experience this?
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on November 12, 2012
at 03:18 AM
There are multiple possibilities and many solutions, I will address them one by one.
This first one is speculative, but I have seen a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that if you are sensitive to certain grain proteins, which you just might be since you're eating a paleo diet, and you eat meat from an animal that has not evolved to eat large amounts of those grains, you will get small amounts of those grain proteins, possibly gluten, in your meat. If it is 100% grass-fed this risk should be minimal.
Overcooking of meat. High heat cooking forms large amounts of compounds that can be inflammatory, damaging cells and triggering inflammation. While it is speculative as to whether or not there is much biological significance to exogenous AGEs, there are heterocyclic amines and cholesterol oxidation products to consider.
For those who are still skeptical about the negative effects of grilling and other high heat techniques cancer, pubmed "meat cooking techniques" and behold all of the studies where the simple act of controlling for harshness of cooking technique modifies the association between red meat and cancer risk, usually from high risk to no increased risk. This is epidemiology, and unreliable, and maybe glutathione levels can modulate risks, but come on, common sense. Adjusting for the factor the controls the carcinogen levels modifies cancer risk, who'da thunk it? Safe techniques are baking, slow cooking, boiling, and light frying. If you must go heavier, use a high antioxidant marinade.
3 . You may not be cooking it enough and are getting a hefty dose of live pathogens with it.
4 . Red meat is high in fats which induce intestinal barrier dysfunction and result in the translocation of endotoxin from the gut into the blood stream which trigger the inflammatory cascade. The mechanism is oxidative stress from the bile acids needed to digest fats, damaging the intestinal muscosal barrier(1)(2). Naturally, one would expect certain antioxidants to prevent this, and indeed many from fruit including oranges and grapes do.(3)(4) Dietary fiber has been shown to prevent this acutely (5)(6), and perhaps chronically (7), perhaps chronically via the actions of butyrate, a product of bacterial fermentation of fibers which protects the gut, and because it binds bile acids and facilitates their excretion (from 5 and 6).
Some may suggest other mechanisms, however I urge them to reconsider, as there is very little evidence, and some to contradict it, that red meat actually increases inflammation chronically (8). It can acutely under certain easily preventable circumstances that I have alluded to.
I advise people to purchase grass-fed meat, to not overcook it, and to eat a diet with a lot of fruit or other high flavanoid foods, and fiber, and then I think that there is little chance of such problems.
That is unless you have an allergy, in which case you have my deepest sympathies. Stuffy nose makes its plausible.
(1) http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7879337&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S0007114510001042 (2) http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/5/1286.full (3) http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/4/940.full (4) http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/5/1409.full (5) http://edrv.endojournals.org/cgi/content/meeting_abstract/33/03_MeetingAbstracts/OR03-1 (6) http://www.springerlink.com/content/87145111527p5771/?MUD=MP (7) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17823788 (8) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17237312
I can respond to any questions, I suspect that there might be some.
on March 05, 2013
at 07:22 AM
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on November 12, 2012
at 07:04 PM
Red meat allergies exist. For example: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/06/red-meat-allergy-likely-caused-by-tick-bites/
on November 12, 2012
at 02:08 AM
The only beef I eat is grass fed. Now, it might not always be certified organic and once in a while it will be grain and grass finished. I do not notice with lamb as much. Also, wild game or poultry I am completely fine with. I have had this for years but am more keen to it now after cutting out so many things.
on November 11, 2012
at 11:43 PM
Possibly the quality or source of your steak....or the fact that its November and not every stuffy nose is a reaction to food. Could be either or just that you have a particular N=1 to beef....do you have this reaction to all foods that are high in iron and B vitamins? How about lamb? Game meat? Lots of avenues to consider.