Is it advised to consume beef and wine simultaneously?

May 13, 2024 | 05:00 pm PT
Many say consuming beef along with alcohol can lead to constipation and an increase in internal body heat, thus it is not recommended to indulge excessively. Is this a valid concern? (Lien, 29, Hanoi)


Beef is recognized as a highly nutritious food, celebrated for its ability to boost energy and blood, as well as strengthen tendons and bones. Alcohol shares similar properties to beef.

Therefore, pairing alcohol with beef may cause the body to overheat, which can result in constipation, skin rashes, pimples, and mouth ulcers.

In cooking, beef is frequently seasoned with potent spices such as cinnamon, star anise, ginger, or lemongrass. Introducing alcohol to such dishes can further amplify the internal heat, impeding the digestive process.

Beefsteak and a wine glass. Illustration photo by Unsplash

Beefsteak and a wine glass. Illustration photo by Unsplash

Nonetheless, a moderate amount of alcohol can be consumed alongside beef to enhance its taste, although caution is advised against excessive consumption, particularly of stronger spirits.

Moreover, excessive alcohol intake is detrimental to health. It is advised that men should not exceed 720 ml of beer, 300 ml of wine, or 60 ml of whiskey daily. For women, the limits are 360 ml of beer, 150 ml of wine, or 30 ml of whiskey.

Individuals with high blood pressure are advised to avoid beef due to its high saturated fat content, which can exacerbate their condition. Similarly, those with elevated cholesterol levels should moderate their beef intake, as it contains cholesterol that can raise blood fat levels. During a bout of chickenpox, it is recommended to avoid pungent foods such as seafood, chicken, duck, and beef.

Additionally, those suffering from kidney stones should curtail their consumption of beef, poultry, and fish, as these foods are high in protein and can elevate oxalate levels in the urine, potentially leading to the formation of kidney stones.

Dr. Bui Dac Sang

Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Oriental Traditional Medicine Association of Hanoi

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