Feeling better from Turkey?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2011 at 3:51 PM

I ate massive amounts of Turkey yesterday--yummmmm-oooo! But I felt so much better stomach wise then I have for the last 2 months on Paleo Grass Fed Bison/Lamb/Beef. Can anyone explain this? Does this mean I may actually be Omega 6 deficient? I know that just seems totally WRONG!



on March 11, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Same thing with me! I went for two days eating only chicken for meat - same result. Red meat usually isn't too bad for me (exception = ground beef)

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on March 11, 2011
at 04:27 PM

We have no need for higher omega 6 intake and it is more of a detriment than anything. If you were eating beef fat you had as much as you needed already.

I spent a while only eating chicken and fish. Then when I added beef back in a felt much better. I think the lesson is that there are unique nutrients in different animals and we should include as great a variety as we can. There is little carnitine in turkey, for example, so we should eat beef for more carnitine, etc.

I was talking about this briefly on MDA forums. Chinese medicine has these little sayings like "lamb warms the belly", "bison gives you the vigor of a bison" etc. Perhaps it is that different configurations of nutrients in different foods elicit different physiological responses unique to them. That's just speculation, though.

Paleo man tended to eat dozens of different types of animals in a year. That's just something to think about.



on March 11, 2011
at 04:41 PM

I always feel better after breaking a food rut. I know this is not going to go over very well, but I feel great after a cheat day. I had a rueben last weekend and felt fantastic the next day. It's bad, I know.


on March 11, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Turkey is lower in Omega-6 than Chicken....



on March 11, 2011
at 04:22 PM

That exact same thing happened to me too after eating a whole chicken one day after weeks of grassfed ground beef and fish. Hmmm...now that I think about it I rarely get any Omega-6 from other sources besides the little that is in beef.

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