Is Meat Addictive?

For years, I wondered why people, including myself at one point, would feel so tired when making a rapid transition to a nutrient rich diet. Lethargy, would raise the questions, "Am I getting enough nutrients?" Enough Protein, iron etc?

I knew intuitively at that time that it had something to do with vital energy, the stimulating qualities of animal products and the less stimulating effects of truly nutrient rich foods. Because nutrient rich foods are aren't toxic, like beef for example, you literally don't intoxicate yourself like you do when you are eating significant quantities of animal products.

Intoxication feels good, just drink a glass of wine or beer! It is just the withdrawal effects that nobody likes.
Well, last year, I found a deeper explanation for why this lethargy happens. I am not saying it's the only answer, because Joel Fuhrman M.D. also explains and I paraphrase our conversation...

"the toxic metabolites of animal products that are flowing through the body, once consumption of animal products is dramatically lessened or eliminated, the presence of these toxic metabolites creates this hangover feeling."

Like a hangover from alcohol, this feeling is the process of withdrawal or detoxification that a healthy body that is always trending towards health will initiate. That hangover from animal products like beef, is saving your life!

Note: there is much more to the personal energy equation, but when it comes to food, this is a BIG factor.

I realized this morning, that I had never done a blog post about this, particularly highlighting a new finding.

Here is what I found...

According to George D Pamplona-Roger, M.D. in his book "Foods That Heal" -

"The stimulant hypoxanthine, not any special properties of its protein, vitamins, or minerals is responsible for the satisfying and stimulating effects of meat. It is similar in chemical formula and effect as caffeine.

It has been known since antiquity that those who regularly eat meat experience some degree of enervation when they are deprived of this food for some time. This sensation that "something is missing" always results from abruptly removing meat from the diet, even when it is replaced with plant foods and dietary supplements providing as much or even more protein and nutrients as meat.

He goes on to say, "that the enervation that some persons experience when they stop eating meat products is not due to a lack of its protein or other nutrients that some consider irreplaceable. It is due to a type of stimulant found in meat. Today it's known that the muscle cells of meat contain Hypoxanthine, which increases in concentration as the meat ages.

Hypoxanthine and other similar substances, such as inosinic acid and guanylic acid, are present in meat. They have a chemical structure similar to that of caffeine in coffee or the theobromine in cocoa, with similar effects. They are central nervous system stimulants. They are addictive.

Hypoxanthine explains the stimulating effect of meat and it's capacity to create a certain level of addiction, which manifests itself when meat is given up abruptly. Because of this, it is recommended that those wishing to replace meat with plant-based foods follow a transition diet to help avoid the effect of sudden deprivation.

~ John Allen Mollenhauer

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About John Allen Mollenhauer

John Allen Mollenhauer (JAM) is a lifestyle entrepreneur, the founder of Nutrient Rich®, and a Nutrition Education Trainer (NET). His mission is to create natural, organic products for people who don't want to compromise their nutrition when they can't sit down for a local, plant- based, nutrient-rich meal, and help people understand why eating micronutrient rich foods are the key to healthy eating.

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  1. [...] the book, Foods That Heal, Dr. George D Pamplona-Roger, M.D. writes that meat contains a stimulant that works similar to caffeine called Hypoxanthine. Hypoxanthine is present in the muscle cells in meat and increases in concentration as it [...]

  2. robyn says:

    As a mental health care worker, I am constantly presented with clients who suffer from various addictions. The worst and most insidious seems to be meat and boy, NO ONE wants to give THAT up! Even if their health is failing and they have constant inflammation, they'll continue to adhere to Atkins or some other protein rich diet. The truth about animal proteins just has to get out there! Thanks for the blog.

    • Kimberly says:

      I'm convinced meat and dairy products are addictive too--I think the reason meat eaters (who are otherwise good,kind people) are able to detach themselves from the cruelty of murdering animals and denying that they are sentient beings is because the addiction is profound. Just like when you quit smoking, making a break from meat is hard. The benefits later are amazing: slimness, youthful appearance, energy but withdrawal has to be over first.

    • Mike says:

      Hi Robyn:
      I have a friend who has been on the Atkins 'make me sick diet' for about four years in the misguided belief that he will lose weight and feel better. In that time I have witnessed a downward spiral in his health as he turns away things like sweet potato and peppers, opting for red meat and cream sauces instead - "The Atkins book, says so so there".  Terrible and very sad.

  3. Robyn,
    Yes, it's a very addicting food and at the root of why people who move to a plant based diet feel tired. Basically they are off the stimulants, like coffee and everything else. Meat is a metabolism booster, but that's not necessarily good, and certainly not the way you want to boost your metabolism. Why not just get intoxicated, it's the same thing.
    Small amounts ok, but 2-3 times per day, meat is a very significant addiction.
    Thanks for your comment.

  4. triadsense says:

    Why can't people simply consume a small amount of caffeine during their transition to a better diet?. . . Anyone?

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