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stewed meat >> upset stomach

by (191) Updated January 07, 2013 at 9:22 PM Created October 08, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Looking for any clues, advice, suggestions here...

Lately, like the last year or so, I find that stewed meats really upset my stomach and feel too rich or intense or something. I can only manage a few bites.

It doesn't seem to matter what type of meat it is, it's the stewing. E.g I can eat a steak or lamb chop with no problems (yum!), but a simple lamb stew (with just onions, garlic, broth and spices) almost makes me vomit. Same with beef stew. (The other ingredients are totally OK in other dishes.) I've eaten plenty of stews in my life; this is a new development.

Any idea why this might be happening? I can stop eating stews, but I want to SOLVE THE MYSTERY too.

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634 · October 09, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I eat stew every single day. I've tried a few times adding onions or garlic, and it always ended with stomach pain, so my advice is to get rid of the onions, garlic, and spices. I only add a bit of salt at the end and that works great.

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3886 · December 24, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I bet it's the fat. Some animal fats can make people nauseous. I'm one of them. Try skimming or trimming all the fat next time, and then see how you feel.

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40652 · October 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Excess free amino acids, too much free glutamate perhaps. I'm not personally not convinced that MSG sensitivity is real though.

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7185 · October 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I have a harder time digesting stewed meats (cooked for 3 hours) than quick-cooked meats. The extra cooking is supposed to break down connective tissue and make it easier to eat, but I find the muscle fibers just too tough. My husband is the opposite: he prefers his meat very well cooked and loves stewed meats. I haven't found a solution for it. I just alternate cooking methods to keep everyone happy.

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0 · October 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I'm having the same problem with stewed lentils with lamb, and I believe it could be the amount of fat, so if I ever feel like trying it again, I'll cut off every bit of fat first.

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11476 · October 09, 2012 at 4:26 PM

FODMAPS. Or, you are stewing at too low a temp and are slurping back perfect-bacteria-breeding-ground. Or, you are sensitive to the rich fat-heavy denseness of stew- I always serve stew over a bed of broccoli and potatoes (or white rice) and my sensitive-to-rich-things partner is good to go.

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