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Vary my consumption of different meats?

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Created December 06, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Is there any reason I should try to eat a wider variety of meats (e.g. buffalo, pork, chicken, etc.) instead of sticking with almost exclusively beef and fish, which I find most delicious?

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:27 PM

Agreed with Eva, I've also heard people suggest that if you eat one thing for an extended period of time, you can become "allergic" to it, which just sounds nonsensical.

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:45 AM

Good point about the diff parts probably being way more impt than the diff animals.

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at 03:42 AM

Why would it absorb less nutritional content? Logically, I'd expect the opposite. The body would over time become very adapted and efficient towards digesting those foods is it accustomed too. Just like if you eat fat regularly, most people find that their fat digestion ability improves.

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:33 AM

Thanks, I didn't know that about pork and n6. Disappointing as I really like pork and typically eat a lot of it (not as expensive, at least around here).

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good call on the omega six or three content of the meats. In our own rotation of protein through the week, that is what stears us: not too much higher omega six options in one week, like chicken, pork, etc. Although i eat eggs everyday and sometimes think i should prolly take an egg vacation every so often. Hard though, they're too convenient, not to mention tasty.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 06, 2010
at 09:18 PM

Personally, I don't think so. Look at the nutritional contents of beef versus other red meats (and especially versus non-red meats) and you'll see that they're pretty similar. Indeed, beef looks quite a bit better (especially compared to pork) due to having less omega-6. Of course it's always possible that there is some other element to other meats which you're missing out on, so there might be some benefit to mixing it up a bit, (you might be missing out on the very high levels of CLA in kangaroo, for example). Personally, whenever I do get hold of some slightly different sort of mean, I do find myself thinking "Maybe there's some extra health benefit to it!" but I don't go out of my way to eat a variety of red meats for this reason (although I always like to eat things that are out of the ordinary). I just eat the cheapest of the widely-equivalent red meats I can find (with a dispreference for pork and preference for beef on omega-6 grounds). I think that the most important thing for variety would be to eat different parts of the animal, e.g. beef liver, beef kidney, stock from beef bones etc.

If you're eating fish then that covers a wholly different set of nutritional bases than beef, so that largely solves your problem. Of course if you're only eating non-oily fish, then you might want to include a fish that's a good source of omega-3 (sardines, salmon, mackerel, herring etc), but that's it.

The conventional wisdom that a widely varied diet is necessary for health is wildly off the mark and seems wholly unjustified. I suspect it's largely a reaction against the need to provide quite specific potentially complex and demanding advice to people about specific nutrients, but eating variedly is no substitute for eating select good foods. Eating 20 varying types of fruit will almost invariably produce a less nutritious result than some-one exclusively eating brocolli. Plenty of hunter-gatherer groups also seem to subsist on just a handful of staple foodstuffs. If you're eating relatively well then disaster shouldn't occur and if you want to micro-manage in pursuit of the optimum, then you may as well just look at specific nutrient contents of specific foods.

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:45 AM

Good point about the diff parts probably being way more impt than the diff animals.

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on December 06, 2010
at 10:49 PM

No need to eat Noah's ark every week, however it could be fun. I have an animal bucket list I am going through.

I think at least alternating with land and sea is a good idea. From there it probably isn't something to obsess about. Grass eating animals, shellfish and fish are the things one should probably focus on.

???Sorry it took me so long to answer. I was just thinking about how weird it is that we eat birds.??? - Tracy Jordan

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on December 06, 2010
at 10:20 PM

Those are the only two I eat, with some eggs. I would be worried if you were only eating chicken or pork, however, as those are high in n6.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on December 06, 2010
at 11:59 PM

good call on the omega six or three content of the meats. In our own rotation of protein through the week, that is what stears us: not too much higher omega six options in one week, like chicken, pork, etc. Although i eat eggs everyday and sometimes think i should prolly take an egg vacation every so often. Hard though, they're too convenient, not to mention tasty.

C16d506f10d910db0736bfd0d0e3809a

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:33 AM

Thanks, I didn't know that about pork and n6. Disappointing as I really like pork and typically eat a lot of it (not as expensive, at least around here).

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on December 06, 2010
at 09:30 PM

I say, eat what you like. No point in choking down chicken if you don't like it. Part of the appeal of paleo, at least for me, is enjoying my meals. I am not a big fan of pork, so I don't eat much of it (the exception being BACON). My mom doesn't really like fish, so she rarely eats it. Beef and seafood seem like pretty good staples to me.

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on December 06, 2010
at 09:12 PM

Different meats have different amino acid contents, vitamins, minerals, etc. Always good to vary. There is also a theory out that claims you are activating the same metabolic pathway each time you eat the same food. Time after time of doing this, it is theorized that your body absorbs less and less nutritional content.

As well as meats, it is good to vary fruits and veggies, nuts and anything else you eat.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:42 AM

Why would it absorb less nutritional content? Logically, I'd expect the opposite. The body would over time become very adapted and efficient towards digesting those foods is it accustomed too. Just like if you eat fat regularly, most people find that their fat digestion ability improves.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 07, 2010
at 12:27 PM

Agreed with Eva, I've also heard people suggest that if you eat one thing for an extended period of time, you can become "allergic" to it, which just sounds nonsensical.

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on December 07, 2010
at 07:57 AM

I think that you'd get more health benefit from eating more parts of the same animal (muscle and organ meat) than eating only the muscle meat of a bunch of different animals.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 07, 2010
at 03:49 AM

My personal feeling is to mostly eat what you like best, unless there is a good reason not too. Beyond that, just check your diet for any missing vitamins or minerals or potential things you might be missing. Then figure out what the tastiest food sources of those are and make a bit of an effort to remember to add those in as well. But one of the big advantages of paleo is you can really enjoy the things you are eating.

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on December 06, 2010
at 09:05 PM

Grass-fed beef is delicious and is extremely nutritious. I think you're doing well with those two. It couldn't hurt to vary, though, and try out new flavors!

My favorite is a lamb meat mexican salad. Delicious!

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