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Why does my stomach hurt when I eat beef?


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I need some advice. I was talking to a friend and I found out that we have the same problem, when we eat beef, in any form, our stomach aches, it cramps, I get nauseated. Whats going on? I have had my gallbladder removed, but my friend who hasnt has the same issues.. Any ideas? I like beef, but this is getting to be too much..

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I have also experienced the same thing.  The other night I made some hambuger patties and ate them with some A-1 sauce.  Shortly thereafter my stomach started to cramp.  I think it is beacuase beef is hard for the stomach to digest.  I have heard before that it sits in your stomach for 7 days becuase it takes that long to break down.  So, basically it sits there rotting.  I would limit your red meat intake and stick to chicken and fish if you can do that.  I have noticed that I don't have as much gas as I have not been eating as much red meat as I normally do.  We have cut out the red meat consumption considerably and I have felt better.  Let me know what you decide to do and how you feel afterwards.

Beef does take some time to digest, but keep in mind digestion starts in the mouth (with chewing & saliva) and doesn't end until you urinate or have a bowel movement.  For more complex food, like proteins, this can take up to 36 hours, but that includes the time spent in the small & large intestines as well.  It actually spends very little time (about 2 hours) in your stomach. 

I would talk to your doctor about it the next time you are in his/her office.

There is such a thing as a beef allergy. However it is usually a child's allergy that the child outgrows (similar to egg allergies) and is extremely rare in adults.

And given that the symptoms you describe do not include hives and swelling of the mouth and face, it is not likely to be an allergy to beef.

More likely with stomach aches, cramps and nausea is actually an intolerance to gluten (the wheat buns you may have had with your burger patties?). I'm also going to guess that you have had gastro-intestinal issues for many years, which is why the gall bladder was removed.

This too often happens for undiagnosed celiac patients where gall bladders are removed, colons are resected and all manner of invasive procedures are given with no real symptom resolution in the end. 

Some 30-40% of those assigned the label of having IBS are undiagnosed celiac disease sufferers (according to recent research trials in Finland).

With gluten-intolerance (celiac disease) the body responds to the peptide chains in gluten (wheat, barley and rye) by mounting a response that eventually destroys the villi in the gut (the little 'hairs' that move the food through the system). Undiagnosed celiac disease eventually leads to colon cancer.

Testing for celiac disease is a bit problematic. There is a blood test that checks for IgG and IgA responses. You need to be heavily eating gluten (wheat primarily) for the weeks leading up to the blood test and even then you have a decent chance of getting a false negative (meaning you do have celiac disease but the test says you don't).

There is a mouth swab genetic test that will tell you if you have the alleles necessary to develop celiac disease. It can't tell you if you actively have the disease, but it will at least tell you if you could (or have) developed it.

If you remove all gluten from your diet for 6 weeks, then all gut symptoms should resolve if you have celiac disease.

There was a recent blog entry on gluten-intolerance on this site. Unfortunately there are several errors and outdated medical concepts in it. Best to visit www.celiac.com (which to their credit they list in the blog entry as well) for more up-to-date and accurate information.

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