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To eat or not to eat? Non-organic/non-grassfed offal

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

So we all know the benefits of having your weekly (or twice weekly for the fanatics :) )portion of liver. Well here's the thing... Over here in Dubai, but I'm sure many people find themselves in a similar situation, grass-fed, let alone organic offal, is impossible to find. So far out of all the supermarkets around, the ONLY thing available is beef liver from Brazil. ( oh yea and sheep brains from uhm... forgot from where really..was too distracted by the idea of how on earth to make something delicious out of them) The dilemma we're faced with sometimes: To eat or not to eat non-organic/non-grass-fed offal? Would the benefits outweigh the negative side of consuming non-organic and possibly grain-fed beef? I tend to feel that although I don't know whether that beef liver from Brazil in my fridge belonged to a grass eating cow that wasn't given any hormones nor any antibiotics, it'll still nourish my body in ways regular (muscle)meat won't be able to.

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 01, 2013
at 07:15 AM

Thanks! Y'all convinced me :)

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Thanks for the input :) will start making some liver pate now of my non organic Brazil beef liver

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:05 PM

You're right! We just gotta balance our diet, not only to make sure we get enough of good stuff, but also to avoid having that bit of bad stuff every single day. That's why I rotate my foods.(and for Mr Leaky Gut :) )

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on January 31, 2013
at 12:49 PM

I think it's a personal trade-off. There is no right or wrong. There will be some trace amount of something 'bad' in whatever we eat, drink or touch. You just have to minimise the effects. I would probably eat less of the liver (in this case) and see what else I could find. That's also my approach for picking my lunch at the buffet at work. I know the butter is from some weird place so I won't have the butter. Instead I eat that at home.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:33 PM

It's simple: if not eating non-grassfed/naturally raised offal means never eating offal, then by all means, eat the conventionally raised offal.

However, there are better options, even in conventionally raised -- for example, I would probably choose lamb liver over beef or chicken (even in the US, lamb is still often (not always!) grass fed). When it comes to hearts, beef, lamb, chicken, etc are probably all as good and bad as each other.

And don't forget to ask your butcher or fish monger if they have extra offal or bones available! I just got some fluke livers, and wow -- yummy!

757f1ff864ea8f669d58e83cc1f1881b

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on February 01, 2013
at 07:15 AM

Thanks! Y'all convinced me :)

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:17 PM

In terms of how I feel, subjectively, non-organic or grassfed liver gives me much great energy, and it doesn't really hurt me otherwise. That's just my experience.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:28 PM

Thanks for the input :) will start making some liver pate now of my non organic Brazil beef liver

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