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.
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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!