5

votes

Is all calves' liver grass-fed?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM

I was in Phoenix last Thanksgiving week and a small group of us went out to cowboyish type restaurant and I was naturally looking for something paleoish and the closest thing I could find was calf liver adorned with a strip of bacon, and it was quite delectable, btw.

But my question is this. I searched the archives and could only find allusions to nutrients, etc, between beef and calf's liver. My understanding of grain-fed vs grass-fed is that most all neolithic cattle are originally grass-fed and grain finished. So is a calf that has not made it to adult size considered grass-fed, or do they go through a finishing process also?

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on November 29, 2011
at 07:17 PM

interesting...thanks

  • 77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

    asked by

    (78467)
  • Views
    1.8K
  • Last Activity
    1429D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

3 Answers

2
32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 29, 2011
at 04:52 PM

Veal and calves in general should be primarily milk-fed. Once on pasture, veal calves lose their "veal-ness" and simply become run-of-the-mill beef.

Beef is not high in PUFAs (only 4% or so) vs 10% in pork or chicken. The PUFA ratio in even CAFO beef isn't all that bad either, it's likely slightly better than pork fat and chicken fat. Connecting the dots, CAFO beef doesn't really screw up your overall ratio that much because PUFAs are low. Conversely, grass-fed beef doesn't help your overall ratio much either for the same reason; PUFAs are low.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on November 29, 2011
at 07:17 PM

interesting...thanks

2
B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on November 29, 2011
at 03:20 PM

my understanding is that a calf raised for veal is fattened up quickly and this means grains such as barley and corn unless it is milk-fed.

0
64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on November 29, 2011
at 03:48 PM

If not all veal is grass fed then not all veal liver would be...

not to be a master of the obvious ;)

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!