Are there specific benefits to eating muscle meat from land animals (e.g, chicken, beef, pork)? Their fat is a good source of saturated fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins; their bones and cartilage are full of minerals and other healthy substances; and their liver has so many vitamins it's almost hard to believe. But what about the actual meat? I know it's a source of high-quality protein and a good way to get calories without many obvious drawbacks, but are there specifically desirable things about it?
Let's say someone rarely ate "meat," but had a couple of servings per day of fatty organ meat, bone broth, pickled feet, etc. Otherwise they got their protein and fat from dairy, eggs, and fish. Do you think they'd be missing out on anything nutritionally? Are there any concerns you'd have about their diet?
Extra question: What if they got their omega-3s from fish oil* and didn't eat any animal muscle at all? Would that change your answer?
* Or if you're anti-supplement, let's say that they're eating buckets of krill.
asked byAxialGentleman (2624)
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on May 12, 2013
at 08:09 PM
Mostly regarding beef and other ruminants, muscle meat contains creatine and taurine in abundance - though both diminish as meat nears well done -- so don't cook it that long.
I don't think an offal-pescetarian is missing anything, frankly. If you're eating fish and animal organs, you're eating meat, no need to mince the definitions -- fish is definitely meat. Fish and seafood tend to have a BV% that's similar to beef, too.
on May 12, 2013
at 08:36 PM
Offal is not meant to be a dietary staple. A cow has but one liver, but 100s of pounds of muscle meat. It would be inefficient and wasteful to subsist on offal alone.
on May 13, 2013
at 02:13 AM
I'd be concerned they were getting inadequate zinc and taurine, maybe creatine, and then maybe selenium and heme-iron. If someone ate o3 supplements and no animal meat at all, I probably wouldn't even address it. Their diet is so whack I wouldn't know where to begin..