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Is Red Meat really harder to digest?

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Questioning if red meat is hard to digest is like asking “Isn’t lifting heavy weights dangerous?”

If you do not have the stability, strength, technique and experience, then ‘Yes’ lifting heavy weights can be potentially dangerous.

Similarly, red meat is hard to digest if you do not have the digestive strength/enzymes to break it down properly. This could be due to genetic factors, or more commonly a weakened digestive system resulting from a CRAP diet. Typically, a CRAP diet is characterised by excess:

Caffeine – More than 2/day

Refined carbohydrates & sugar

Alcohol – More than 2/day

Processed foods

The frequent use of Over the Counter medications (anti-inflammatories & pain-relief) as well as high amounts of stress also significantly contribute to weaker digestive enzymes, getting older doesn’t help either, this is why Nana loves a good puree.

It is for all of these reasons that most people have trouble digesting meat, in particular red meat as they get older, and NOT that red meat is inherently BAD for us.

Red meat is harder to digest than white meat, so if you:

  1. Have a hard time digesting red meat
  2. Are especially stressed
  3. Don’t have a great digestive system due to genetics, a CRAP diet or poor lifestyle habits, then choose the lighter, more easily digestible proteins such as chicken, fish and seafood.

As always listen to your body and see what it says, after each meal you should feel:

  • Fully satisfied, not stuffed
  • A noticeable revitalisation in energy, not lethargic
  • Be mentally and physically uplifted for 3-4 hours without any cravings for sugar or caffeine

Contrary to popular practice red meat is BEST consumed early in the day when your digestive enzymes are usually at their highest, not a couple of hours before the big sleep, so try having your hit of heavier meat for breakfast or lunch and see how you feel.

Review all your different types and styles of meat in your BBB comparison for the BEST version of everything!

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.

Are we meant to be vegetarian?

Choice of food

Besides those blokes that wrote the Best-Seller ‘The Bible’ not many authors can say their book still sells almost 100 years after it was first published, Dr. Weston A. Price is one of those authors.

Dr. Weston A. Price who founded the American Dental Association wrote ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration’, he spent many years researching the beaming health of indigenous cultures from all 4 corners of the globe, through his extensive research Price found that not one of them was completely free from animal products.

There was a lot of variety in the amounts and types of meat consumed – from the Eskimos that lived on 90% animal meat such as seal and whale blubber, to the Indian cultures who consume buffalo and cow’s milk, but never the sacred cow.

Of all of the cultures the blubber-eating Eskimos actually had the lowest incidence of heart disease, that throws the age-old ‘Meat = heart attacks’ theory out the window.

However in recent times with the introduction of processed meats, in particular hot dogs (an Eskimo favourite), heart disease stats are on the increase in these indigenous cultures, are you beginning to join the dots yet?

Tune in tomorrow if you want to find out if you can actually get all your protein from plants…

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.