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Too much offal? Too little meat-meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM

How much offal is too much offal to eat? (For the average person, I know n=1 everyone is different, etc.)

I am fortunate to live in a plentiful land (that goes by the name Argentina) where there is lots of meat and offal of every type in every butcher, with about one butcher shop per block. It is the meat-lovers' paradise. So it is easy to be paleo here; and I know that offal is particularly paleo, and particularly healthy, plus the flavors are different and good--so I eat lots.

Specifically in my case, I tend to eat: sweatbreads for dinner one night per week; kidney one night per week; tripe one night per week; brains or liver every other week; and just veggies or nothing the 3 nights per week. Portions are usually generous, too.

Is this too much offal? Can I over-nutrient-ize my body?

(Given that I also eat no other meat other than what I listed) other than this possibly being too much offal, could it be too little meat by paleo standards? Is there an advantage to having more normal (non-offal) meat - does it have benefits that offal doesn't?

Thanks! Hola desde Buenos Aires!!!!

morgan

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 10, 2011
at 10:15 PM

What about eating liver EVERY DAY!?!?!?? Would this amount to hypervitaminosis A? Or would a hard-exercised person be able to handle it?

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on March 10, 2011
at 10:14 PM

How would one go about obtaining FREE marrow bones? How to you cook/prepare/eat it?

37f4b3c51afbd92d259afaa171270874

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on May 18, 2010
at 11:58 AM

Ha! Until right now I never really thought of marrow as offal. It is so delicious.

37f4b3c51afbd92d259afaa171270874

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on May 18, 2010
at 11:56 AM

Yeah Argentina is one of the places I am considering making a home for awhile.

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on May 16, 2010
at 12:00 PM

Nope, the only reason why you might want to avoid liver more frequently is that it is unusually high in vitamin A and vitamin A, because it accumulates in fat very heavily, can actually be toxic (and, a lesser problem, will work against your vitamin D levels: hence toxicity is less of a worry if you have plenty of vitamin D).

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on May 16, 2010
at 05:23 AM

Marrow is certainly the most palatable offal IMHO. Marrow melted with parsley, lemon, capers, salt, and pepper= win.

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on May 16, 2010
at 01:29 AM

I loved tongue growing up. Tongue is uncommon in Argentina so I can't get it at any corner restaurant the way I can get the others; if I could, I'd probably eat it. Interestingly, similar with heart: in Argentina, heart meat is sold mostly as dog food! Every Argentine I've told that I want to try some heart to responds with the same words: "you want to eat dog food?" Marrow: I should try it. I've slowly been building up to it. Only 6 months ago did I first discover offal and now it's become my primary source of food! I'll probably need a few more months before I try eating bone itself.

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on May 16, 2010
at 01:26 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetbread They're both the thymus and pancreas. They're very very soft and sweet. A treat.

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on May 15, 2010
at 11:13 PM

BTW - I read on one of the blogs (most likely Dr Davis' blog, but I didn't bookmark the URL) that he recommends eating liver at most once per week since it can give the body too many of certain vitamins. Any other warning about any other body organs?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 15, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Wow! I might have to come to Argentina someday sooN!

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

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on May 15, 2010
at 09:28 PM

Guys, any time you want to do a Paleo meetup in Argentina, I'll make it happens and bring everyone, every night you all are here, to the most amazing and obscenely cheap meat restaurants around the city ;)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on May 15, 2010
at 09:24 PM

I love Argentine sweetbreads. Amazing.

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on May 15, 2010
at 08:39 PM

I forgot to add that meat in Arg, particularly offal, in Arg is just about free. Just today I bought a kilo of high-quality tripe for us$1.50!!

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on May 16, 2010
at 01:05 AM

"Can I over-nutrient-ize my body?"

Some people who consume lots of carrots have orange hands. They are overconsuming and should stop.
It is probably possible to overconsume liver, but I doubt it is possible for the other offal. Liver is the one food that has extremely high nutritional values. With water soluble vitamins, if you get too much, you piss it out. For fat soluble vitamins, if you get too much, you store it. The concern with liver would be vitamin A and maybe some of the minerals it contains. Getting too much of one mineral might interfere with the absorption of another mineral.
I don't know what an upper bound for liver would be, but if I had to guess, I would say 1 kilogram of liver per week.

Some of the organ meat (heart, liver, kidney, brains, sweetbreads) has higher ratios of polyunsaturated fat:saturated fat than other fat deposits in the animal. I don't know if this is really a concern.

I am surprised that you don't eat tongue or marrow. I recommend it.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 16, 2010
at 05:23 AM

Marrow is certainly the most palatable offal IMHO. Marrow melted with parsley, lemon, capers, salt, and pepper= win.

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

(1670)

on May 16, 2010
at 01:29 AM

I loved tongue growing up. Tongue is uncommon in Argentina so I can't get it at any corner restaurant the way I can get the others; if I could, I'd probably eat it. Interestingly, similar with heart: in Argentina, heart meat is sold mostly as dog food! Every Argentine I've told that I want to try some heart to responds with the same words: "you want to eat dog food?" Marrow: I should try it. I've slowly been building up to it. Only 6 months ago did I first discover offal and now it's become my primary source of food! I'll probably need a few more months before I try eating bone itself.

37f4b3c51afbd92d259afaa171270874

(1219)

on May 18, 2010
at 11:58 AM

Ha! Until right now I never really thought of marrow as offal. It is so delicious.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 10, 2011
at 10:15 PM

What about eating liver EVERY DAY!?!?!?? Would this amount to hypervitaminosis A? Or would a hard-exercised person be able to handle it?

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

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on May 16, 2010
at 03:39 AM

The soft fat in roasted marrow bones is heavenly and there's no issue of overdoing it nor with cost as raw bones are very cheap.

Otherwise I can't really deal with offal. I've made anticuchos with beef heart but it was so tough and chewy I thought I was gnawing my way through a cow. Liver? Um, no. I tried it once. But the anticucho marinade is great on cheap chuck or short ribs. I'm sure there is a disconnect between USA and Argentina for the names of beef cuts so... lo siento!

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 15, 2010
at 08:33 PM

I have the same "problem". I'm poor so offal is where it's at. But I don't feel bad...and it seems that neither do you. I make sure to have a good steak or something like that at least once a week and plenty of fish because I believe in eating nose to tail and land to sea :)

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 15, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Wow! I might have to come to Argentina someday sooN!

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

(1670)

on May 15, 2010
at 09:28 PM

Guys, any time you want to do a Paleo meetup in Argentina, I'll make it happens and bring everyone, every night you all are here, to the most amazing and obscenely cheap meat restaurants around the city ;)

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

(1670)

on May 15, 2010
at 08:39 PM

I forgot to add that meat in Arg, particularly offal, in Arg is just about free. Just today I bought a kilo of high-quality tripe for us$1.50!!

37f4b3c51afbd92d259afaa171270874

(1219)

on May 18, 2010
at 11:56 AM

Yeah Argentina is one of the places I am considering making a home for awhile.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on May 15, 2010
at 09:24 PM

I love Argentine sweetbreads. Amazing.

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on May 16, 2010
at 12:33 AM

The only risk I've seen mentioned is with liver, and only because of the high vitamin A content. I eat about 2 lbs of liver one week and notice my skin felt a bit sore and started peeling, which is supposed to be an indication of over-doing the vit A. I eat mainly offal too, I'm a poor bugger :P Though I find myself getting marrow bones more than anything because they're free, whereas liver and heart from grassfed are priced the same as ground meat from bison or beef from my butcher. What is sweetbread? Pancreas? Does the name have anything to do with the taste? :P

78ecfc8268ec58cdc189301f4b071088

(1670)

on May 16, 2010
at 01:26 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetbread They're both the thymus and pancreas. They're very very soft and sweet. A treat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 10, 2011
at 10:14 PM

How would one go about obtaining FREE marrow bones? How to you cook/prepare/eat it?

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