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In Reply to: Ever Been Meat Drunk? Part I posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on September 12, 2014 at 18:38:54:
I asked competitive eater Hungry Todd Rungy if a massive intake of hotdogs or beef tongue makes him feel a bit meat drunk. “Yeah! But it’s like an energy drunk! When I eat a delicious brisket it makes me want to run around and karate kick a cherry tree in half!”
Rungy’s spirited side affects are not typical, but a thick 16-ounce ribeye can create a sense of pleasure beyond just the taste of a juicy steak. It can spur the brain’s release of dopamine. If it feels like you’re under the influence, it’s not just coincidence. Connecticut College neuroscientist Joseph Schroeder concluded in a recent study on overeating that “high-fat/high-sugar foods stimulate the brain in the same way that drugs do.” The prevalence of sausage jokes, and people who will laugh at them, toward the end of an extended barbecue trek is all the evidence I need. Those immature chortles are the result of the high before the inevitable crash onto the couch, where the glutton will lay in a state of postprandial somnolence.
That hazy feeling in your head after massive meat consumption might just be artificially induced low blood sugar. Dr. Sasha Stiles from Tufts University told NPR that overeating “sets your body chemistry sort of into red alert.” She further explained that “the kinds of hormone and metabolic processes that normally will try to metabolize food will go into overdrive to make sure they get rid of this huge food load.” Basically, after a few pounds of brisket your body freaks out and starts over-producing insulin to process the extra food load. Before your digestion system realizes it, too much sugar has been eliminated, and your blood sugar is actually lowered. That’s why dessert can still taste so good after an indulgent meal.
Like actual drunkenness, the only cure for meat drunkenness is time. The hair of the steer should be enlisted only by professionals and masochists. Building up a tolerance isn’t recommended unless you’re also interested in enhancing your BMI. Remember, everything in moderation, unless you’re trying to get meat drunk.
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