Stomachache After Ingesting Meat: Why and How to Help

In normal circumstances, you should not feel sick by eating something. If you get stomachache after eating meat, then it could be due to simple causes such as indigestion from excessive protein or fat or due to more serious causes such as food poisoning or an allergy. If stomach pain is a chronic issue, consult your physician.

Why Do You Have Stomach Pain After Eating Meat?

1. Fat and Protein

Though your body can digest fat and protein effectively, on some occasions a stomach upset may result from these nutrients. Foods rich in protein make you feel full for longer time. However, if you have consumed large amounts of meat, it may remain in your stomach for longer time, making you feel uncomfortable and full. Foods high in fats such as fatty steak may also take longer time to digest and cause pain in the abdomen.

2. Allergy to Foods

You may develop allergy to a specific food such as meat any time, even if you have eaten that food all through your life. Symptoms include vomiting or cramps in abdomen and they usually appear within minutes to up to two hours after consuming the food. If you feel that your pain in stomach is due to meat allergy, you should consult a physician to get a diagnosis.

3. Food Poisoning

If the meat you ate was not handled properly or not cooked properly to a specific temperature it can cause food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs in about 50 million people in the USA each year. Different organisms such as E. coli, listeria or Salmonella may contaminate meat that can result in food poisoning. Common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain after eating meat and may remain for a few hours to a few days.

4. Food Intolerance

Food intolerance is different from allergy because in food intolerance the enzymatic tract is damaged. Certain enzymes are released by the small intestines to digest sugars and proteins present in the meat. Meat intolerance occurs when body does not produce sufficient quantity of enzymes for digestion of meat. There is inflammation and swelling of intestines, leading to pain in abdomen, bloating, cramping, vomiting, gas, nausea and diarrhea.

What Can You Do About It?

The management of stomach pain depends upon the cause of the pain.

Some other practical tips that you can follow to help ease the pain in your stomach after consuming meat are:

Stomach Pain After Eating, Not Just Meat?

You already know stomach pain after eating meat, but what if the pain is not due to meat? Let’s discuss stomach pain after eating in general.

When to Visit Your Physician for Pain in Stomach After Eating

Visit your physician if the pain gets progressively worse even after you have stopped consuming food, if you are not able to sit still, if pain is accompanied by symptoms of fever, vomiting and diarrhea or if the color of your stool has changed.

You should also visit your physician if pain in stomach occurs after every meal or if there are symptoms of dehydration such as dry mouth, dry skin, dizziness and fatigue.

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