I’ve always thought that my body couldn't handle red meat was because I grew up eating 80 percent vegetarian. My family didn’t have a lot of money and our nightly dinners had six to 12 people at them, so expensive meat wasn’t an option. Plus, my mom’s a vegetarian and even though my dad was the primary parent for dinner, that definitely influenced our groceries. We ate a lot of grains, eggs, and plant-based proteins in our house and as an adult, I’ve mostly stuck to that way of eating. That is, until I met my boyfriend.
My boyfriend is a carnivore. Nothing makes him happier than a perfectly cooked ribeye steak. (The man will barely even order it in restaurants anymore, because he’s figured out the exact way to cook it.) He’s like Ron Swanson — he eats meat at basically every meal, and that works for him. It gives him the energy he needs, without sugar spikes, and helps him build muscle.
Can you see the problem here? We’re opposites. I’ve eaten more meat since we got together and I’ve found over the years that adding meat to my diet leads to gut upset (which is a polite way of saying farts and poops), and sluggishness. My body is pretty clear: Meat and I don’t get along.
Or so I thought. It turns out that the way our bodies respond to eating meat is a bit more complicated than “boyfriend likes, girlfriend doesn’t.” Here's what health experts have to say.