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What are the easiest to digest meats? I need some for my sons whose main protein source is meat. Any way to prepare (other than crockpot which I can't do) that makes it more digestable?

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What are the easiest to digest meats? I need some for my sons whose main protein source is meat. Any way to prepare (other than crockpot which I can't do) that makes it more digestable?
I was a raw meat eater for a bout a year. THere are some nice things about it... like perfect bowel movements. But ultimately I think cooking it slightly is better , not because of some paranoia over bacteria or pathogen but because I think cooking somehow unfolds the proteins and makes them easier to digest. Unlike some raw meaters I never "lost my taste" for cooked meat. I don't see how it is possible to say that raw meat is tastier , when in reality species that mostly eat raw meat dont even chew it but swallow it. I think that is wishful thinking.

Im only telling you this now because there is a direct relation on how much meat is cooked and how well you digest it.

So personally I use a clay pot for meat, and soak it first in water then just cook it low and slow and slightly underdone. That is how it tastes the best to me...

Usually if you want easier to digest meat, then try lamb instead of beef. The protein is smaller. But at the same time, its best to rotate your meats and eat a variety and not always the same thing.
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As far as I know, the longer, slower you can cook it, the easier it is to digest.
Since you don't have crock., you could alternatively do the "same" thing in the oven: just use a pot/dish that's oven proof, and put everything together just as if it were in a crockpot, and set the oven to 200 (which is low crock setting) for longer - like 6-10 hours, OR 300 (high setting) for 4 - 6 hours.

Good Luck !

PS: don't know if these help digest meats also, but what about the lacto-ferm. veggies and/or water kefirs/kombucha, to be taken with meal ?
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What are the easiest to digest meats? I need some for my sons whose main protein source is meat. Any way to prepare (other than crockpot which I can't do) that makes it more digestable?
Does he have trouble digesting meat? You could try him with enzymes, maybe, and see if it helps.

Everyone's different, but in general beef digests in about 2 hours, chicken slightly longer (Beaumont study). I have no idea how cooking affects digestion (esp for your son), I'd be concerned somewhat with red meat since overcooking it tends to blast the nutrients out of it. But you can imitate crockpot cooking in the stove (braising etc), or maybe stovetop stews would be a good option. I know also that lamb is apparently one of the least allergenic meats, so maybe it's the easiest to digest as well?
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As pp mentioned, I would try to imitate crockpot cooking. Slow cooking/braising renders meat very digestible. Bone broth used as cooking liquid or 1/4 cup of something acidic such as ACV or stewed tomatoes can also help break down the meat. Use sauerkraut, kim chi, or other lacto-fermented vegetable as a condiment to help aid in digestion. When grilling, I marinade my meats for an hour, up to 8 hours with balsamic vinegar and spices -- it renders even the toughest cuts extremely tender.
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My husband apparently had a hard time tolerating meat as a young child. His mom used to feed him rabbit and he tolerated it really well. I believe that she used to serve it as a stew--that would be another good way to cook things for a long time.

I second the above suggestion about adding enzymes to the meal or an enzyme supplement right afterward.
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what about adding a gelatin0rich sauce over the top? Seems like it's supposed aid in digestion as well-

Maybe make a broth w/ the joint bones and then simmer chunks of roast till they fall apart, then reduce the broth to a sauce?

My mouth is watering.....
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