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Is meat hard to digest?

In comparison to many other foods, yes, meat can be difficult to digest. Meat is protein-dense animal muscle, and, in comparison to many other foods, for optimal digestion it requires better chewing, more acid secretion by the stomach's parietal cells, and more active enzyme secretion by the pancreas. None of these factors mean that meat consumption should be avoided, however. Low-fat meats can make excellent additions to a meal plan, if eaten in moderation, even though many individuals choose to avoid meat for a variety of different reasons. I should also note here that fat itself can be difficult to digest, and you will be complicating your digestive challenges if you choose to eat meat that is higher in fat.

I'd encourage special attention to chewing in the case of meat, as well as to the cutting of the meat into small, bite-sized pieces. The overnight marinating of meat in an acid-containing marinade (for example, a marinade containing vinegar) can also increase its digestibility. In the hospital, when a person's digestive system is particularly weak, meat is almost always blenderized or pur'ed to make it easier to digest. While few of us would want to go that far in improving meat's digestibility, the idea of special attention to small bites and thorough chewing follows this same basic principle of improved digestibility.

Some people require meat and animal-based foods as part of their diet in order to maintain their optimal health, while others do not. If you are going to eat meat, eating it in small amounts may be wise in terms of allowing for optimal digestion. Additionally, I would highly suggest seeking out organically raised meats (and dairy products), whenever possible, as these do not contain residues of compounds, such as hormones and other drugs, which may be present in their conventionally raised counterparts.

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