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Is consuming connective tissue healthy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I think I read in one of the Paleo books that eating connective tissue, or perhaps consuming a broth made from it, is a good way to build tolerance to it and reduce likelihood of arthritis later on, particularly Rheumatoid. Is this true? If so, then how come we avoid milk and blood?

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:35 PM

I bite my fingernails but I don't eat them... Blood sausage is supposed to be really awesome but I can't get past the psychological vampire thing.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Well stabbed!!

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Stabbing, so you best mind your own business, Mr. Wolverine!

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:40 AM

WTF are you doing here Mr Raccoon?

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:12 AM

it may be a low quality protein but collagen is the major protein found in the human body. it is the matrix to witch everything else is added that makes us what we are. as an example cellulose is to the tree as collagen is to the man. i see we both recommend it

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on January 26, 2012
at 10:58 PM

I think Cate Shanahan or Paul Jaminet wrote that it is logical to expect to find nutrients that support connective tissue in ... animal connective tissue. But I wouldn't call this "building tolerance." And who avoids milk and blood?

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:57 AM

It can be very healthy, but if you have a leaky gut it can be problematic. There are a lot of allergies to a lot of foods, and these foods aren't inherently bad for people, but if bits of them get through the gut and the immune system makes antibodies to them then they can cause an allergic reaction or auto-immune disease. In the case of cartilage, it can mimic your cartilage.

In Argentina arthritis is low, only about 1% of the population http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859227 despite their traditions of eating connective tissue. Why? Because simply eating connective tissue doesn't entail antibodies being formed to it. It has to get into the blood stream. If simply eating something was sufficient to produce antibodies to it, we would have allergies to everything we ate.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:40 AM

WTF are you doing here Mr Raccoon?

34b560c8b9ce660d7839fb7e29d7be89

on January 27, 2012
at 02:55 AM

Well stabbed!!

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on January 27, 2012
at 02:49 AM

Stabbing, so you best mind your own business, Mr. Wolverine!

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I sure hope so, because contrary to popular cultural revulsion thereto, I love me some gristle.

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on January 26, 2012
at 11:26 PM

Seems healthy, based on the philosophy of eating everything in/on the animal.

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on October 17, 2013
at 02:57 AM

I have a severely torn meniscus of the worst kind, totally irreparable, the only solution is cutting it out (Meniscectomy)...which I am terrified of bcs of such a high rate of a repeated surgery...where the patients got WORSE after the initial surgery and had to go back...scary! And most ppl I have interviewed who say they had "successful" surgery, will never again be able squat to to the ground again in their life! Not to mention that many of them still complain on pain, just not as often... So until I gather strength and courage to do it, I was looking for supplements to help the pain and inflammation in the knee. Bone broth, collagen and various glucosamine/chondroitin/boswellia/MSM combination supplements did not make a difference. The ONLY thing that helps - to the point of no pain at all on most days! - is Shark Cartilage... I am so happy I found it. I take 6 a day and it has truly been a miracle for me.

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Beef tendon is one of my favorite pho soup choices. Mmmm...chewy goodness. I've also had okonomiyaki with thin sliced bits of cartilage cooked into it.

It would seem that either these recipes were developed because of shortages/prohibitive cost or other parts of the animals, a superstitious belief that eating it would heal the same parts on a person, understanding the wisdom of near bio-identical supplementation through diet, or a mixture of all of the above.

I'm not too creaky yet, but I'm hoping that because I try to get some connective tissue into my diet I won't be for a very long time.

On a side note, I find myself yelling at the TV when I watch shows like the British one with the petite screechy macrobiotic lady and she brings out a wheelbarrow or truckload of offal and connective tissue to try and scare people away from things like sausage. Those are the healthy bits (at least if they are from healthy animals, and not processed with ammonia or bleach)...if she brought out buckets of preservatives and chemicals, that might get my attention, but it probably doesn't make for good TV..

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:49 AM

I'm told it's very low-quality protein, but it tastes good, and you never know where vitamins are hiding, so I eat it with gusto. Also, it keeps maggots from sprouting in you waste bin if you don't throw anything away until you're down to the solid bone.

I actually suspect cartilidgeanous tissue helps as a laxative, too. Maybe. Just a hunch.

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on January 27, 2012
at 02:12 AM

it may be a low quality protein but collagen is the major protein found in the human body. it is the matrix to witch everything else is added that makes us what we are. as an example cellulose is to the tree as collagen is to the man. i see we both recommend it

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on January 27, 2012
at 01:36 AM

As familygrokumentarian said, I love me some gristle and it's interesting that while I have great muscles and bones, my weakness has always been in my connective tissues.

Having tried it both ways, I have to say bone broths with lots of gooey cartilage in them are terrific for my joints and really make a difference.

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