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Beef Heart: Main part of diet?

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Created October 23, 2012 at 2:55 AM

So, money is tight. Really tight. I have a family of 4 and I need to feed them for ~$300/month. I can get pastured beef liver for $1.30/lb and want to take advantage of that. My family loves beef heart, and it's our go-to for "steak" dinners, if that makes any sense. I also grind it and use that instead of regular ground beef.

So, can I use beef heart as the beef in our meals? Or is it super important to eat every muscle of the animal? We also eat pork, chicken, fish, and eggs. And we eat free-range chicken livers twice a week. Is this adequate?

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on October 25, 2012
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9 oz of beef heart has 1.4 mg of copper. I have 3-4 meals a week using it, I guess I'm not that worried. I'm coming from being a vegan for 3 years and having two pregnancies during that time. So, yeah, could use the nutrients. But thanks for the heads-up.

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on October 24, 2012
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I have been eating 1.5 oz. of raw liver (and ice-cube size piece) in my morning shake every day and I love heart....I eat it about three meals a week. I had thought this was a good thing, and now I am worried. How do you know if you are consuming too much? My meat csa sells an entire heart for $1.00 since no one wants it!

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on October 23, 2012
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I think it is quite high in copper. Liver is very high in vitamin A. The usual recommendation for liver is once or twice a week to avoid potentail vitamin A toxicity.

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on October 23, 2012
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Beef heart isn't high in vitamin A, so that's not a problem. Iron could certainly be a concern though.

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on October 23, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I guess you could cook in lots of lard (cheap). Maybe add some beef mince too? (pretty cheap). Those are both cheap ways to add beef based stuff.

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on October 23, 2012
at 03:21 AM

Organ meat can be very mineral dense...it may not be good to overdo it on the Vitamin A, copper, iron, etc.

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on October 23, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I think it is quite high in copper. Liver is very high in vitamin A. The usual recommendation for liver is once or twice a week to avoid potentail vitamin A toxicity.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on October 23, 2012
at 04:05 AM

Beef heart isn't high in vitamin A, so that's not a problem. Iron could certainly be a concern though.

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on October 25, 2012
at 01:39 AM

9 oz of beef heart has 1.4 mg of copper. I have 3-4 meals a week using it, I guess I'm not that worried. I'm coming from being a vegan for 3 years and having two pregnancies during that time. So, yeah, could use the nutrients. But thanks for the heads-up.

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on October 24, 2012
at 11:17 PM

I have been eating 1.5 oz. of raw liver (and ice-cube size piece) in my morning shake every day and I love heart....I eat it about three meals a week. I had thought this was a good thing, and now I am worried. How do you know if you are consuming too much? My meat csa sells an entire heart for $1.00 since no one wants it!

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on October 23, 2012
at 03:00 AM

As much as paleo isn't about reenactment, it makes little sense that organ meats would make up a significant amount of a traditional diet. A chicken/pig/cow/etc has but one liver and one heart.

Healthy, nutritious, cheap, but not natural.

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