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Do I have to eat offal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 01, 2011 at 3:57 PM

It seems everyone is on the offal bandwagon... But it kinda grosses me out. I haven't tried it in any form. Why is eating muscle meat only less than optimal? Advice? Logical reasoning? Thanks :-)

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

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on February 16, 2012
at 01:04 PM

On what do you base the claim that tryptophan may be inflammatory?

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on September 02, 2011
at 11:41 PM

If you don't want a ton of it, make your own. It's just ground up parts. You could probably make a decent loaf with livers, etc. ground up with bacon.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:33 PM

You have to buy 7lbs of meat to place an order! That's never going to happen with me.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on September 02, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I hear its kinda bitter and salty...

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Beef heart is my favourite!

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:29 PM

+1 this is exactly what I do to get liver into my son, he loves these burgers!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on September 01, 2011
at 08:53 PM

dude. i dont think youre going to be happy eating eyeballs and youre going to be signing that check over to the laser-youth-beauty-surgery center. even andrew zimmerman wouldnt eat the eyeball. that said, im sure all those ducks your husband brings home have some beady little eyes for you to try. gag! rigid on the outside, gelatinous on the inside. "tastes like.....burning!"

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on September 01, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Here's a second for US Wellness' braunschweiger. I do a half-pound a week to get about 3 oz of liver.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:15 PM

Eyeballs. Where can I get these? Seriously, like Restalyn, at least according to Deep Nut.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:15 PM

it makes me gag.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:08 PM

US Wellness meats has crap-free wurst, braunschweiger AND salami.

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:04 PM

Even though I like eating organs, grounding offal into the ground beef does help for those who can't eat it. I tried real hard to find the offal taste in the ground beef with very little success so try what Jules K said.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I cannot find a liverwurst or braunschweiger without a bunch of added crap!

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at 04:06 PM

Naughty naughty!

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D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:28 PM

On what level? Muscle meat is high in tryptophan which may be inflammatory. Lack of gelatin in our diet probably causes depletion of glycine and proline which are conditionally essential amino acids.

You can do with out the nasty bits. But we're talking optimal health here. Your diet is probably already way better than 99% of America's. Congratulations. However, if you want to bring you game to the next level, let's turn up some offal. It's not that bad (I kind of enjoy it now). And it is nutrient DENSE ( http://nourishedkitchen.com/best-sources-vitamins-minerals/ ). Plus, its cheap. So just try it a couple times, find out if you can stand some organs (preferably liver or kidneys).

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

(1327)

on February 16, 2012
at 01:04 PM

On what do you base the claim that tryptophan may be inflammatory?

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:00 PM

i hope someone says we dont have to, but im afraid thats not the answer. it grosses me out, too but its like a crazy superfood and so important, so im trying to find ways to choke down the organ.

see what i did there?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on September 01, 2011
at 08:53 PM

dude. i dont think youre going to be happy eating eyeballs and youre going to be signing that check over to the laser-youth-beauty-surgery center. even andrew zimmerman wouldnt eat the eyeball. that said, im sure all those ducks your husband brings home have some beady little eyes for you to try. gag! rigid on the outside, gelatinous on the inside. "tastes like.....burning!"

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:15 PM

Eyeballs. Where can I get these? Seriously, like Restalyn, at least according to Deep Nut.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on September 02, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I hear its kinda bitter and salty...

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:15 PM

it makes me gag.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 01, 2011
at 04:06 PM

Naughty naughty!

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:13 PM

No, of course not. You may have to work harder to get all your nutrients - but nobody HAS to eat anything. Try some bone broths or marrow - those are pretty good and tasty. That said, there are ways to sneak offal into other things like chili or freeze it, slice it into tiny chunks and put it in pills. I only eat it once in a great while - but maybe I could be healthier if I had it more often.

The theory is that people in paleo times (and also most modern hunter gatherers) eat nose to tail and they get much better nutrition that way. It's how the Inuit avoid Scurvy without getting any vitamin C from fruit. Offal, especially liver, is packed with a much higher vitamin and mineral content compared to muscle meat.

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:04 PM

If you want to eat offal without really eating it, you can get freeze-dried organs and glands in capsule form. For example: Natural Sources Raw Multiple Glandular has liver, brain, stomach, kidney, heart, spleen, pancreas, duodenum, thyroid, thymus, adrenal, parotid, and pituitary.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:49 PM

I feel ya! I've had a grassfed liver in my freezer for about six months; haven't brought myself to cook it! You don't have to eat liver and kidneys but I'm trying to work up to it- I recently tried marrow (delish) and made chili with chunks of cow heart mixed in along with ground beef; it wasn't bad. I saw Denise Minger post on another thread that oysters are comparably nutritious to liver, and that made me very happy!

62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

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on September 01, 2011
at 05:04 PM

Even though I like eating organs, grounding offal into the ground beef does help for those who can't eat it. I tried real hard to find the offal taste in the ground beef with very little success so try what Jules K said.

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Good alternatives are eggs, caviar (and any other fish roe), raw milk if it does not give you issues, and anything you can eat whole like small fish, muscles, and similar.

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on September 01, 2011
at 04:00 PM

It has nutrients in it that you need, like choline. Try liverwurst or braunschweiger first, and see how it goes.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:08 PM

US Wellness meats has crap-free wurst, braunschweiger AND salami.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on September 02, 2011
at 11:41 PM

If you don't want a ton of it, make your own. It's just ground up parts. You could probably make a decent loaf with livers, etc. ground up with bacon.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on September 01, 2011
at 05:04 PM

I cannot find a liverwurst or braunschweiger without a bunch of added crap!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on September 02, 2011
at 07:33 PM

You have to buy 7lbs of meat to place an order! That's never going to happen with me.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on September 01, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Here's a second for US Wellness' braunschweiger. I do a half-pound a week to get about 3 oz of liver.

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on September 01, 2011
at 06:58 PM

I took someone's advice. I think I might have read it on paleo hacks, but I don't remember. I bought 2 kilos of ground beef mixed with 1/2 kilo of beef liver. You can't taste it when it's cooked (but it looks a little gross before).

I cooked it up with very strong flavoured ingredents to make sure my daughter didn't notice. She though the dishes I prepared were great.

Little does she know.. waaa haaa haaaaa!

It's not a large amount, but she'd never eat offal otherwise.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on September 01, 2011
at 10:29 PM

+1 this is exactly what I do to get liver into my son, he loves these burgers!

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on September 01, 2011
at 04:40 PM

Eat lots of shell fish and some Grassfed dairy and you should be fine without offal. If you don't eat shellfish a few times a week or dairy I'd Definetely make an effort to like offal.

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on September 01, 2011
at 08:16 PM

You might find something like beef heart do-able - it's really just muscle, after all...

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

(840)

on September 01, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Beef heart is my favourite!

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