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Organ meats (pig's intestines, etc.) healthy?

Commented on December 20, 2013
Created December 13, 2013 at 7:27 AM

I live in Singapore and here we have dishes like pig's intestine soup - with a lot of organ meat. I've been told of the high cholesterol. My question is what's the paleo take on this?

Thanks.

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on December 20, 2013
at 11:13 PM

I have one objection to your response: "considering that Cavemen didn't let any part of an animal go to waste."

I have a sneaking suspicion that many paleolithic human groups became such efficient hunters/scavengers that they might just get picky. During a bad time of year, or living in a less forgiving region, some paleolithic ancestors may have eaten much more thoroughly, but we can't just go assuming that "caveman eat all da animal"....

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on December 17, 2013
at 01:24 AM

marrow is not offal either. I took the liberty of calling offal everything that is not meat or bones.

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on December 16, 2013
at 04:50 PM

What's backfat? If it's just the fat off the back of the animal then why list it with offal? Just curious.

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on December 18, 2013
at 09:35 PM

I was raised on a farm, and I used to work hard as a kid and I would be hungry at lunch. I had a "don't ask don't tell" policy on what was usually in the soup. I don't go out of my way to eat intestines, but I won't turn them away, either. Now, to me the heart of an animal is usually the best cut of meat. I made some deer heart chili one time and didn't tell anyone until their 2nd or 3rd bowl was down. With chickens I always roast the liver, gizzard, heart inside the chicken and eat it. Cow tongue is another really nice, under-appreciated cut of meat (which was often in my childhood meals).

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on December 18, 2013
at 06:48 AM

My take is go for it. Intestines are nutritious and very paleo, considering that Cavemen didn't let any part of an animal go to waste. Don't worry about cholesterol, dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol have nothing to do with each other.

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on December 20, 2013
at 11:13 PM

I have one objection to your response: "considering that Cavemen didn't let any part of an animal go to waste."

I have a sneaking suspicion that many paleolithic human groups became such efficient hunters/scavengers that they might just get picky. During a bad time of year, or living in a less forgiving region, some paleolithic ancestors may have eaten much more thoroughly, but we can't just go assuming that "caveman eat all da animal"....

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on December 13, 2013
at 08:02 PM

Dietary cholesterol does not impact serum levels of cholesterol. That would be simple carb intake.

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on December 13, 2013
at 05:59 PM

yep yep that's good stuff in moderation. Don't overdo the pig organs though. Oh, and you want the paleo take - ignore the cholesterol numbers. If you're eating right cholesterol is pretty benign. Your body will produce much more than you would normally eat anyway.

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on December 13, 2013
at 02:45 PM

You might want to avoid pig organs. The latest info on them indicates that pig organs can carry the hepatitis E virus and humans can become infected. Although usually relatively benign, there is some evidence that Hepatitis E can progress to cirrhosis and there's been some speculation that multiple sclerosis may be related as well.

I now avoid pig liver just in case and I more fully cook my pork. I stick to beef or lamb organs.

www.perfecthealthdiet.com has some info on this.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on December 13, 2013
at 02:17 PM

healthy, but not much healthier than regular meat. The choice offal parts are marrow, back fat, brains, liver and spleen. Those are the bombs.

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on December 16, 2013
at 04:50 PM

What's backfat? If it's just the fat off the back of the animal then why list it with offal? Just curious.

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

(1822)

on December 17, 2013
at 01:24 AM

marrow is not offal either. I took the liberty of calling offal everything that is not meat or bones.

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