One of the things I had to give up and “hated” giving up after I was diagnosed with endometriomas on my ovaries was “meat.” I loved beef, chicken and pork. I also loved fatty meat since I’m Chinese and pork belly is actually a delicacy when cooked right. Who doesn’t love Korean BBQ or that nice plate of juicy medium rare aged 45+ days prime rib eye steak? Just typing it makes my mouth water.
Here’s the scoop though. Estrogen estrogen estrogen! A study published by American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2010 showed that estrogen levels in beef and chickens had high levels of estrogen. Lean and fatty meat were tested differently and it showed that fatty meat had higher levels of estrogen. Leaner meat was better than fatty meats but both contained estrogen. I searched and it showed that the US prevents chickens from being hormone injected so why do chickens still have high levels of estrogen? Some soy protein and animal feeds may contain estrogen generators in chicken (just like us when we eat tofu and estrogen like foods, we retain estrogen in our bodies). We are what we eat and so are the chickens. They eat estrogen, we eat estrogen. That solved my question. As for beef, we all know that beef still has hormones that aren’t prevented by the US so beef is definitely a “no” for the endometriosis diet.
What’s interesting is this. They tested Japanese beef and Brazilian chicken muscle meat and they had nearly “ZERO” traces of estrogen. It was “lower” than estrogen found in Japanese women! For the most of us, unfortunately we’re not in Japan or Brazil so it’s better to stay away from red meats.
Ladies, hate to bring this up but studies also show birth control pills had higher levels of estrogen than any of the meats stated above. Prolong uses of birth control pills may make your endo worse. It really stinks to have to find other methods of birth control pills if you don’t plan on getting pregnant but it beats being in pain right?
So please refer to my post on the endo diet and my other posts on the foods to eat and not eat. Fish fish fish! Not only is it good protein but also great after you get pregnant to get that smart smart baby!
By the way, the trick to start eating these red meats again is when you’re pregnant as your body quickly stops producing a lot of the endo producing hormones. But please go back to the endo diet right after you stop breastfeeding! After delivery my baby, I’m easing back into my endo diet again. Preparing for baby 2 next year. Knock on wood!