I’m not exactly sure how this happened over the course of probably a couple hundred years, but why does it seem that many people are happy to eat skeletal muscle of animal, but distgusted to eat any other ‘bits’, like organ meats or marrow?
Before you were Paleo, did you ever eat a hot dog? What do you suppose was in that? Just because it was in the shape of a tube, did that somehow make it more palatable?
If you don’t eat meat for ethical reasons, it makes sense for the same parameters to dictate that you would not eat, wear or use any animal products.
But if you’re Paleo, and you have no issue with grass fed flank steak, wild salmon or pastured poultry, then why not add some bison heart, salmon skin and chicken liver to your arsenal of proteins?
Organ meats are loaded with health benefits and following are just a few examples:
- Liver is a great source of Vitamin A, Bs and iron.
- Heart is full of Selenium, Phosphorus, Zinc, CoEnzyme Q10 and Folate.
- Marrow is a great source of poylunsaturated fatty acids and Vitamins A & K.
Be a little adventurous and do as our Paleo ancestors did before us; try eating the whole animal! Well, not at one sitting, but you get where I’m going.
Yes, these parts of animals have a very distinct and sometimes pungent flavor, and certainly, can be prepared in a manner which renders them very unfavorable, but they can also be cooked to please even the pickiest eater.
Try adding some to your otherwise ho-hum range of same-old, same-old and you’ll be doing your body a huge favor.