Offal, does origin and type matter significantly?

Answered on August 05, 2015
Created August 05, 2015 at 7:13 AM


I bet there is a difference between offal from pigs, chicken and beef for instance. But is there a big difference? I'm asking because I most easily get offal from pigs (and at a great prices). I bet there are differences, but is it to be concerned about?

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on August 05, 2015
at 11:37 AM

Agree with Ray. I would only worry about getting pastured animals. There are some differences: if you eat turkey liver you get five times the retinol per ounce that you get from rabbit or chicken liver. Ruminant liver offers macro doses of copper, but all other livers are more moderate in copper content. Still, for all livers you get lots of copper or retinol. This said, hearts are fairly similar in nutrient content, and so is tripe and certainly brains, although tripe and brains come usually from pork or beef only, and marrow from beef only.



on August 05, 2015
at 10:49 AM

They are completely different critters, so there should be some differences in their makeup.  That said, they all evolved from the same original ancestors (vertebrates), and their organs have identical functions, so whatever differences, I wouldn't worry too much.

I'd be more concerned about what the animal ate, than what species it was.  Did it eat GMO corn/soy soaked in glyphosate?  Or was it pastured, and allowed to eat bugs and grass if it was a chicken?  Did it get access to the outdoors so it could make vitamin D, is it a healthy animal, or was it raised in a CAFO?


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