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Don't Make This Major Meat-Cooking Mistake, New Study Warns

The way meat is prepared impacts how easy it is to digest, researchers find.
FACT CHECKED BY Joseph Neese

Have you ever experienced stomach pain after eating a pot roast for dinner? If so, you're likely not alone, according to new research.

After analyzing how different methods of cooking meat affect the human body, an international team of food scientists was able to determine the best and worst ways to cook meat for your tummy. Roasting, as it turns out, is one of the absolute worst.

The researchers recently revealed their findings of how various ways of cooking meat impact "the digestibility of muscle proteins in the gastrointestinal tract" in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. The methods they examined were boiling, frying, grilling, microwave, roasting, sous-vide, steam cooking, and stewing.

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Here's the breakdown of how your body breaks down meat. (See what we did there?!) According to the findings, meat is most easily digested when cooked in a sous vide. This cooking method refers to preparing meat in a temperature-controlled water bath, oftentimes in a vacuum-sealed pouch. Per the researchers, a sous vide "can induce favorable changes . . . in muscle proteins and improve their digestibility."

Meanwhile, roasting and stewing meat were found to have the least desirable effects on digestion. According to the results, these two particular meat-cooking methods "can induce unfavorable changes," such as excess production of G.I. acid, an increase in compounds that can cause gas, and a "decrease [in] the susceptibility of proteins during gastrointestinal digestion."

Perhaps this provides some solid insight as you plan your meals for the week ahead. The next time you feel a little tummy discomfort, don't forget to check out One Major Effect of Fasting, Says New Study.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at <em>Eat This, Not That!</em>, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more