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Roast beef sits like a rock in my stomach but ground beef and steaks don't. Any ideas why?

by (25) Updated November 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM Created November 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Yesterday I made a wonderful beef arm roast. The problem is that it sits like a rock in my stomach. I can eat ground beef and steak with no problems. What would be the difference? Any thoughts appreciated.

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16858 · November 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM

You're either not chewing long enough, or aren't producing enough stomach acid. Sometimes I find the issue is that the meat is overcooked and thus harder to digest.

I've had my gallbladder out and this causes all sorts of problems with digestion of meat, so I have to take some ox-bile/betaine HCL pills before each meal. I usually use Now Super Enzymes in capsule (not tablet) form.

When I first switched to paleo, I also had big issues with stomach acid (caused by taking OTC acid blockers because I didn't realize that grains and dairy were causing acid reflux) and certain proteins, even egg whites would sit in my stomach like a rock.

As I supplemented with potassium, zinc, magnesium, iodine, selenium, my stomach acid production went through the roof and all of a sudden I got a lot more acid reflux for a few days, but that didn't last too long. And adding digestive enzymes fixed the rest of the issues and I could eat egg whites and other meats again.

I also find that certain cuts of meat, for example bison short ribs, if just roasted in the oven are very hard to digest despite consciously chewing longer, where as bison burgers are very easy, as are rare steaks.

So try to have your meats on the rare side whenever possible, or cook them differently, supplement with minerals for a while and see if that helps, and try to chew longer.

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1643 · November 15, 2012 at 3:54 AM

Do you have these symptoms with anything else?

I'd hold off on betaine HCL, as it can make existing conditions, like gastritis, even worse. I used to take Super Enzymes from NOW Foods and they are excellent.

I agree with the second post with lean beef cuts being the culprit. Fatty meat is king.

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4113 · November 15, 2012 at 3:23 AM

You might not have enough stomach acid to digest them. So eating some lemons, apple cider vinegar or betaine HCL might help out with digesting roast beef for you.

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25 · November 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Thanks for the responses. I can't think of any other food that makes me feel like this but I'll start paying attention. The roast (which I thought was rather fatty) was cooked in wine and vinegar so it was quite acidic. Maybe having some extra acid would help. Or some butter! I froze the leftovers because I couldn't bear the thought of eating any more of it. Now I have some leads. Thanks!

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15261 · November 15, 2012 at 3:15 AM

Same here. The super lean beef cuts such as arm, rump, etc. don't digest well for me. They are lean, tough, and without flavor. I eat them but need to have something else with them, usually fat of some kind such as butter or macadamia nuts. That seems to help the digestion and assimilation.

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