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   Posted 2/22/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have issues with beef and red meat? Anytime I go near a certain type of red meat my BM become very watery. Then 12 - 24 hours they are perfect. The funny thing is that I'm fine with beef-burgers. My problem is a type of red meat we here in Europe called "minced meat" - ground beef really. If I eat that then my colon does a version of the amy whinehouse song "no no no"
So just wondering how IBD/S-ers get on with beef when they are in their remission state?

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   Posted 2/22/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a colorectal cancer survivor (almost 9 years now) and I remember reading early on in my recovery stage that I should avoid beef. Especially steak. Beef is the slowest meat to digest and move along thru the GI tract. And again especially steak. I try my best to avoid any beef but sometimes I just want beef stew or pot roast. But mostly for the vegetables and taste, more than anything. I'm almost a vegetarian, I eat so little meat anyway. But beef really isn't good for colon cancer patients, the risk is too great. And it's not from the actual meat, it's from the chemicals in the meat, from the feed the cows eat. If you can find organic beef, perhaps you'd feel better.

I just know I will never, ever eat another steak. When we go out to eat at Outback, I order Salmon! Each and every time. LOL


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   Posted 2/22/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I couldn't eat red meat for about 6 weeks after my gall bladder came out, then I was okay. As I'm mostly a chicken person anyways, I don't eat a lot of beef, and I don't notice that it bothers me when I do--but the fact that I don't eat it often may be why.

I'm confused as to why you can eat a burger, but not minced meat--given that a hamburger is made from minced meat. If you are buying pre-made hamburger patties, then your problem might be the actual beef, not beef in general. As in you can have meat from this type of cow, but not that type of cow.

Ahhhhhh, grass-fed Irish beef. I used to get some minced meat when I was over there that was so lean that you never poured a drop of fat off it and it was so very fine and tasty.

The other difference to be noted is that burgers typically have a higher concentration of fat in them than most (but certainly not all) minced beef. That's because--at least in the US--low fat beef is THE thing to eat. However, you can't make a burger from too lean a beef or it will fall apart. However, the odd thing here is that people with IBS usually respond worse to fat, not better; if you could tolerate minced meat, but not burgers, I'd swear that fat was your problem. However, most people in the US grill their burgers, and this lets a lot of fat drip out; otherwise minced meat is cooked in a skillet and you have to drain the grease out youself, and it's still not as effecient as grilling it out.

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   Posted 2/22/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I love a medium steak every few months.........

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   Posted 2/22/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Gastro told me no red meat with my IBS as it never really digests like other food. I can eat a hamburger on occassion when I have to have my beef fix and normally don't have a problem. I thought it was because it was ground up but now as you talk about Mincemeat I don't know what the difference is. The only mince meat I know is what they put in pies.

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   Posted 2/25/2008 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a diehard vegetarian for 10 years, and didn't have too many bowel issues. In college it was especially easy because I went to one of those "green" universities with a bunch of other hippie vegetarians :) Then I went to Africa and ate whatever was put in front of me (the other option would be to horribly offend my host family or starve), and when I got back I decided I liked certain meats, poultry, and fish and got lazy about it and now I'm a full-fledged omnivore. However, I think the less beef we eat, the better, in general. For our health and the planet's!
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   Posted 2/25/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is usually an indicator to a food sensitivities, such as the meat has being processed. The added ingredients may be a contributing factor as well or a bile production issue with fat being the problem.

The bodies ability to cope with toxic load (allergens) creates a sence of urgency in the bowel, to want to expell this urgently (Diarrhea).

I look at IBS as a complexity of allergens presenting as a group of symptoms including heart burn, depression, nausea, altered bowel movements, excess gas ect ect.

Supporting digestive function through eliminating suspect foods to then restore digestive balance using anti parasitic/anti fungals and microbial (restore microbial flora balance) supplements followed by repair supplements (repair "Leaky Gut") and lastly followed by liver detox to support toxin elliimnation will help to reduce symptoms.

Please consult medical advice to find the best treatment course for you.

Scott - Naturopathic Practitioner

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   Posted 2/29/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Everytime I have lamb I end up feeling terrible. It just seems that it takes around 3 - 4 days to work its way thru my system. I get so bloated I look 4 months pregnant!
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