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Eating Brains....

Commented on March 21, 2016
Created January 21, 2013 at 2:50 AM

Do any of you eat brains? I encountered a venue selling pork brains and while I've sampled from other weird parts of the pig I've never tried brain. Thoughts on safety/recipes?

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:31 PM

Surely grass-fed cows never get supplemental feed during the winter right? Yeah, they live off of snow-covered dirt for 3 months, right? Boy you are naive if you think grass-fed means 0 exposure to supplemental feed (tip: it's not just alfalfa) and other sources of potential contaminants, unless you buy cows exclusively from equatorial regions.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:26 PM

Blunt teeth? You won't mind if I bite you as hard as I can then, right? It's not like a human bite can tear through flesh.....right? Haha! Stupid vegans, your comments confirm our suspicions that you are all a bunch of brainwashed idiots.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:21 PM

Pig brains are safe, it's usually the cows and sheep that get this.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:20 PM

Beef brains huh? Playing with fire there....yeah I know grass-fed beef is holy/perfect/sacred/immaculate and all that, but remember, just one screw up by a farmer or processor and you could be the next lucky winner of mad cow disease (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creutzfeldt%E2%80%93Jakob_disease)

5661757f5a7ad1d09c44d7b3ce9b533f

on February 18, 2014
at 02:46 AM

No, we use tools for those things.

If we were meant to eat lower-density foods much as a Gorilla or a chimp does, we wouldn't have traded large guts for large brains.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on February 18, 2014
at 02:08 AM

Who;s to say they did...?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 18, 2014
at 12:29 AM

Sheep spread scrapie amongst themselves, I wager cows may do the same with BSE. (Though that's not the official line the beef industry will give you!)

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on February 17, 2014
at 10:40 PM

But of course most everything we eat has risk, right? People die of organic spinach, and venison may be no better. Oysters, mussels, and other shellfish are just as dangerous. Driving to the store to buy kale chips is dangerous. AFAIK there have been less than 20 TSE cases in the West.

Bac49edb31092c3d6db9d461485cb310

on February 17, 2014
at 03:28 PM

Re: wild deer, there's no proof that its transmissible to humans. Re: grass-fed cows, there are potential environmental sources of the prion, so I would avoid cow brains.

Bac49edb31092c3d6db9d461485cb310

on February 17, 2014
at 03:26 PM

If anything, this sounds like proof of the evolutionary suitability of eating brains.

Bac49edb31092c3d6db9d461485cb310

on February 17, 2014
at 03:25 PM

Ehhh, cow's brains (/nervous tissue) are the only ones (besides human brains...) thought to have prions transferable to humans. I wouldn't eat sheep with scabie, for instance, but there's no evidence it gets transmitted to humans.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 17, 2014
at 02:19 PM

Don't know about grassfed cows, but a few years back wild deer were infected:

http://www.mad-cow.org/99feb_cwd_special.html

Certainly, if you don't feed nerve tissue from cows to cows, you aren't like to spread it. Yet another blow against the CAFO industry, who lobbied to prevent testing of mad cow disease when a small ranch wanted to label all its meat as tested.

Medium avatar

on February 17, 2014
at 08:00 AM

The human bite is actually very strong in pounds per square inch, because of the way the jaw sits under the skull.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 17, 2014
at 03:40 AM

We cook (pre-digest) our food, unlike any other animal.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on May 20, 2013
at 04:11 AM

around where?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 19, 2013
at 05:10 PM

Organ meats aren't necessarily associated with TSEs. Romanticized paleo likes to think that early man was all about the offal and brain. He certainly might have been, but who's not to say that early man also suffered from various TSEs at a higher level?

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on May 18, 2013
at 04:32 PM

Ive had grass fed beef brains (taste just like scrambled eggs). There is recent evidence to suggest that our ancestors ate brains as much as possible. http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/archaeology/lower/kanjera-fauna-ferraro-2013.html

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 21, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Also google kuru.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 21, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Yep, prions are nasty things and I won't risk it, period.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on January 21, 2013
at 04:32 PM

But random street brains are the best!

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on January 21, 2013
at 09:12 AM

So I can have all your organ meats too? sweet!

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 21, 2013
at 04:29 AM

Up-voting this purely because of the title.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on January 21, 2013
at 02:54 AM

@zombie, when you go around eating brains please remember back to the day when I +1'ed your question and don't eat my brains. Ty.

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Acb677529a6974737bf1905ccfc7f748

(120)

on May 18, 2013
at 03:53 PM

Yesterday, the Viennese chef I work for slaughtered and hauled a 300 pound pastured hog down from the Catskills. He had the head in a pot for head-cheese when I got to work. At the end of the shift he pulled out the head, pulled the meat from the jaw and the skull, opened up the cranium, and we sampled the brain with fresh bruschetta and hot sauce.

It was like the smoothest, lightest, gamiest pate I've ever had.

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B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

on January 21, 2013
at 07:56 AM

I tried it once... and didn't like it. Then I read about spongiform encephalopathy and Creutzfield - Jakob disease that have reportedly been associated with eating brains... and it scared me enough not to want to try anymore...

I'll stick with coconut oil for my source of fats thank you...

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 21, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Yep, prions are nasty things and I won't risk it, period.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on January 21, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Also google kuru.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:21 PM

Pig brains are safe, it's usually the cows and sheep that get this.

Bac49edb31092c3d6db9d461485cb310

on February 17, 2014
at 03:25 PM

Ehhh, cow's brains (/nervous tissue) are the only ones (besides human brains...) thought to have prions transferable to humans. I wouldn't eat sheep with scabie, for instance, but there's no evidence it gets transmitted to humans.

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4b5be253ac1981c690689cab7e4bf06d

(3043)

on January 21, 2013
at 05:18 AM

There are quite a few French recipes using brains. A standard is scrambled eggs and brains. I've seen deep fried brain recipes. There is apparently a place in Chicago that sells deep fried brain tacos.

Lots of DHA and cholesterol. Just know your source. I probably wouldnt trust random brain on the street. :)

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

(2040)

on January 21, 2013
at 04:32 PM

But random street brains are the best!

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7eecdd43c11e2af1a9e4ca0f63d44749

on May 18, 2013
at 11:39 PM

I'm living in China right now and ate pig brain the other day. IT does seem like a paleo superfood to me, protein and fat rich. You can probably find evidence to say that eating any food causes some kind of disease so we're all screwed anyway. And when the zombie apocalypse comes I'll be able to say 'wait! I'm one of you....'

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47cbd166d262925037bc6f9a9265eb20

(55)

on February 18, 2014
at 03:00 PM

If I'd found it where I live, I'd try to use it consistently but I wouldn't dare to cook any cafo meat less than what's stated here:

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html

Richest source of cholesterol is brain, and it's good, you can check this for example:

http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/Memory-And-Cholesterol.html

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26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

(5798)

on January 21, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Fried calf brain sandwiches are actually a local favorite around here. I've tried it a few times with tartar sauce. Not sure what paleo "breading" and oil you would use to make this. I didn't turn feral after eating the brains or anything. I'm not sure it was tasty enough to attempt a paleo version :)

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on May 20, 2013
at 04:11 AM

around where?

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 21, 2013
at 03:19 AM

You can have my share of brains. TSEs, no thank you.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on January 21, 2013
at 09:12 AM

So I can have all your organ meats too? sweet!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 19, 2013
at 05:10 PM

Organ meats aren't necessarily associated with TSEs. Romanticized paleo likes to think that early man was all about the offal and brain. He certainly might have been, but who's not to say that early man also suffered from various TSEs at a higher level?

0
96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 17, 2014
at 02:13 PM

I wouldn't eat them these days, but I used to when I was a kid.... stuff like sheep's brains, that were breaded and fried. Tasted like a very very mushy fried chicken with a hint of fish - kinda gross.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on February 17, 2014
at 03:37 AM

How do you get TSE from grass fed cows?

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:31 PM

Surely grass-fed cows never get supplemental feed during the winter right? Yeah, they live off of snow-covered dirt for 3 months, right? Boy you are naive if you think grass-fed means 0 exposure to supplemental feed (tip: it's not just alfalfa) and other sources of potential contaminants, unless you buy cows exclusively from equatorial regions.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 18, 2014
at 12:29 AM

Sheep spread scrapie amongst themselves, I wager cows may do the same with BSE. (Though that's not the official line the beef industry will give you!)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 17, 2014
at 02:19 PM

Don't know about grassfed cows, but a few years back wild deer were infected:

http://www.mad-cow.org/99feb_cwd_special.html

Certainly, if you don't feed nerve tissue from cows to cows, you aren't like to spread it. Yet another blow against the CAFO industry, who lobbied to prevent testing of mad cow disease when a small ranch wanted to label all its meat as tested.

Bac49edb31092c3d6db9d461485cb310

on February 17, 2014
at 03:28 PM

Re: wild deer, there's no proof that its transmissible to humans. Re: grass-fed cows, there are potential environmental sources of the prion, so I would avoid cow brains.

0
D87cf7bb07cfc85acf7203c17065d239

(268)

on January 21, 2013
at 04:25 AM

u will turn into a piggy oink oink!

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3b9034d92a8148cf4a99d383d8156c82

(-10)

on February 17, 2014
at 02:12 AM

If our ancestors ate meat, we wouldn't have weak jaws, blunt teeth and small intestinal loops. We don't have claws either. Think about it.

322a2783dfe4086591f323c6d2c086d6

on March 21, 2016
at 06:16 PM

I see this 2 years later and still can't let it go!
One of the coolest things I know of the Paleo community is how science oriented they are. They LOVE to check out the anthropological/paleolithic science to figure out the FACTS of what our ancient forefathers ate. Git this... WE USED BIG ROCKS TO BASH OPEN THE HEADS of our prey and the scavange left behind by other prey... and then, guess what... WE COOKED IT!!!
This does not mean that we cooked everything but the science is there and THAT is why WE HAVE BIG BRAINS ourselves. PERIOD.
You know what else I know... MANY vegans have issues with muscle waste because of the CRAP diets they eat!
So, when you are in your 50s (assuming you aren't already) and you feel your arms and wonder why you are so effin' weak, and you wonder why the heels of your feet are dry and cracked or why your hair feels like straw... FEEL FREE to eat a bunch of fatty meat!!! You'll thank me for it! GRRRRRRR!!!

 

Bac49edb31092c3d6db9d461485cb310

on February 17, 2014
at 03:26 PM

If anything, this sounds like proof of the evolutionary suitability of eating brains.

Medium avatar

on February 17, 2014
at 08:00 AM

The human bite is actually very strong in pounds per square inch, because of the way the jaw sits under the skull.

5661757f5a7ad1d09c44d7b3ce9b533f

on February 18, 2014
at 02:46 AM

No, we use tools for those things.

If we were meant to eat lower-density foods much as a Gorilla or a chimp does, we wouldn't have traded large guts for large brains.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 17, 2014
at 03:40 AM

We cook (pre-digest) our food, unlike any other animal.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on February 18, 2014
at 03:26 PM

Blunt teeth? You won't mind if I bite you as hard as I can then, right? It's not like a human bite can tear through flesh.....right? Haha! Stupid vegans, your comments confirm our suspicions that you are all a bunch of brainwashed idiots.

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