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Should I Eat Raw Meat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

I've become interested in raw meat after hearing about the benefits of enzymes and possibly the way vitamin B6 is destroyed in cooking. I get absolutely no raw animal foods in my diet, since I can't eat dairy or eggs I would have to eat raw meat.

However, I'm concerned because I am 3 months out of recovering from celiac disease and I have a compromised immune system and intestinal flora. Is raw meat too risky for me?

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:57 AM

I think I would be 100% fine with eating exclusively raw meat, thanks for the tips.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:10 AM

travis raw brains are delicious, I was lucky enough to have someone tag me a deer and ate the brain raw. I have to admit that even after years of eating raw muscle meats and more common offal like liver the brain was really intimidating, but it ended up being really creamy tasting and delicious, I don't really have anything to compare it to taste wise.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:07 AM

ha, how do you get kidney down raw? it tastes like pee! I have been eating raw for 5 years, have only been sick once, and it was just a bad case of the farts. I suggest you know your suppliers and butchers and only eat the best quality you can find, grass fed, pastured if its poultry and local. also game meat is AMAZING raw, if you have friends that hunt ask to help butcher or be there to help, its important to see the quality of the animal and organs if you are going to eat them.

252e45388385b0750d26e7320243d12c

(20)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Whole Foods meats are fine if that's the best you can do. if you don't get hamburger or eat lean meat, eat some fat along with it, Kerrygold butter is good or coconut oil

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Raw brains...notsureifsrs

252e45388385b0750d26e7320243d12c

(20)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:37 PM

Rawpaleodietforum.com has a great deal of support and guidance for you.

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

(1122)

on March 23, 2013
at 04:24 PM

I remember now. It's the Blue Foot chicken.

9215c97e4d3296f0de599ef9292cee15

on March 23, 2013
at 01:07 PM

What do you think about the ground bison from Whole Foods?

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:52 AM

yeah, they have an iodine taste that takes some getting used to. i eat them in small quantities for their nutrition, definitely not the taste, i like liver, though.

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:49 AM

should avoid consuming ground beef raw.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Huh. You learn something new every day.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:11 AM

I can't do the kidneys, I tried for a couple of months, but I can't get past the pee smell.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:10 AM

That's the party line, but I like raw ground bison too. I eat it once or twice a week, maybe 1/4 - 1/2 lb, and I've never gotten sick from it.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 23, 2013
at 12:16 AM

I thought ground beef (or ground meat in general) was the one meat you didn't want to eat raw?!

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C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 22, 2013
at 11:56 PM

i've been eating a raw paleo diet for the past 3 months and my experience so far has been nothing but positive. i now actually prefer the taste of raw meat to cooked, and i feel like i'm benefiting more from eating raw food then i did from cooked. My protein intake consists mainly of fish/seafood. sashimi grade tuna/salmon, some shrimp, oysters, muscles etc. occasionally i'll have bison or beef (you could eat it every day if you want to, i've just been on a fish kick). i eat liver or kidneys a few times a week in small quantities.

some people consume chicken raw without any ill effects. personally i haven't tried it and don't have any desire to. besides the greater potential for salmonella i don't think chicken is very beneficial as far as proteins go. i've tried raw pork a couple times and i experienced no negative effects, but again i don't see pork as being a great protein source. liver and kidneys are nutrient packed, but incredibly powerful. i'd eat them as a side, not as a main meal.

one thing i advise is make sure you know where your meat is coming from. if you buy directly from a butcher, make sure there's no risk of cross contamination. that's the biggest reason why people get sick from raw meat. make sure your meat is fresh, and obviously grass fed. do NOT consume grain fed meat raw. also, i'd advise against eating ground meat of any kind, even if it's grass fed. once again for cross-contamination issues.

if you want to experiment i'd suggest easing your way in. the texture of raw meat can be strange at first. start off with a meal that doesn't seem so foreign. raw oysters or sashimi would be a great place to start. or you could make a tar tar with an egg yolk, some herbs, and some seasoning.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:57 AM

I think I would be 100% fine with eating exclusively raw meat, thanks for the tips.

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:52 AM

yeah, they have an iodine taste that takes some getting used to. i eat them in small quantities for their nutrition, definitely not the taste, i like liver, though.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:11 AM

I can't do the kidneys, I tried for a couple of months, but I can't get past the pee smell.

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252e45388385b0750d26e7320243d12c

on March 23, 2013
at 10:30 PM

Here's my video explaining how I eat raw meat. And this video shows the benefits of raw meat. Most people are concerned about bacteria making them sick, but that is a needless fear. You'll feel better about it if you read Aajonus Vonderplanitz book, We Want To Live. Get it from the library, or through inter-library for free. The forum at rawpaleodietforum.com has loads of information and support for eating raw meat.Eating raw meat was an important cure in the early 1900's. It is powerfully healthy for reasons that appear to be beyond it's nutrient density and ease of digestion. And the sense of liberation when you discover that you no longer need to fear germs is exhilarating. I eat mostly raw hamburger since it's cheaper, but also all the organs I can get, even brains. Most people agree that chicken is the best tasting of all. I've never gotten sick in the slightest in the last 2 years eating all my animal products raw. And I often leave them out over night to sour a bit. All of it tastes much better at room temperature. Get the best quality animal products that you can.

252e45388385b0750d26e7320243d12c

(20)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:37 PM

Rawpaleodietforum.com has a great deal of support and guidance for you.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Raw brains...notsureifsrs

252e45388385b0750d26e7320243d12c

(20)

on March 23, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Whole Foods meats are fine if that's the best you can do. if you don't get hamburger or eat lean meat, eat some fat along with it, Kerrygold butter is good or coconut oil

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:10 AM

travis raw brains are delicious, I was lucky enough to have someone tag me a deer and ate the brain raw. I have to admit that even after years of eating raw muscle meats and more common offal like liver the brain was really intimidating, but it ended up being really creamy tasting and delicious, I don't really have anything to compare it to taste wise.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:07 AM

ha, how do you get kidney down raw? it tastes like pee! I have been eating raw for 5 years, have only been sick once, and it was just a bad case of the farts. I suggest you know your suppliers and butchers and only eat the best quality you can find, grass fed, pastured if its poultry and local. also game meat is AMAZING raw, if you have friends that hunt ask to help butcher or be there to help, its important to see the quality of the animal and organs if you are going to eat them.

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4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

(1122)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:05 AM

I ate sashimi chicken in Japan. There is a chicken variety that doesn't carry salmonella. Did not care for it because of texture, but it was safe to consume.

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

(1122)

on March 23, 2013
at 04:24 PM

I remember now. It's the Blue Foot chicken.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Huh. You learn something new every day.

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on March 28, 2013
at 03:17 AM

I have been eating raw for 5 years, have only been sick once, and it was just a bad case of the farts. I suggest you know your suppliers and butchers and only eat the best quality you can find, grass fed, pastured if its poultry and local. also game meat is AMAZING raw, if you have friends that hunt ask to help butcher or be there to help, its important to see the quality of the animal and organs if you are going to eat them. if you are eating raw meat that has been previously frozen let it thaw and then let it sit unwrapped in the fridge on a plate, in fact, let all of your fresh meat age in your fridge, uncovered on ceramic or glass plates, never wrap it up with plastic as that will only promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

Raw meat is, by far, the most easily digested and assimilated food. If you aren't too squeamish I would suggest adding raw offal as that will really add to the spectrum of vitamins, minerals and amino acids in your diet. Even raw bone marrow is amazing.

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33266cca338ab54cee9a2aa160f5bdb6

on March 24, 2013
at 05:19 AM

Give it a try if you want, I'm thinking about making the jump too. When I started paleo I consumed raw meat and only stopped because I got sick a couple weeks into it. The culprit was raw chicken livers. Since then I've eaten mostly cooked but I'll be eating a raw ribeye in a couple days and I might continue thereafter.

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Medium avatar

on March 24, 2013
at 03:55 AM

Crave it? Eat it. I did exclusively for months. Then, I wanted it med rare. So that's what I eat.

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89985542ffc00c296552951369fe809a

on March 24, 2013
at 03:48 AM

I definitely eat raw ground grass-fed, grass-finished meat all the time. It tastes best that way! Tar tar anyone?

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3ccf2b7de8295e351734a8b6c0c96bcd

(54)

on March 22, 2013
at 11:48 PM

Go talk to your local butcher and tell them you want to make steak tartare. You sometimes have to wait a few days for the butcher to get fresh cuts to come in. Once you get in tight with your local butcher they can reserve real nice cuts for you.

Raw meat is nothing unusual if you are European.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 22, 2013
at 11:43 PM

ive eaten raw meat from whole foods all the time, especially the ground beef. of course, this assumes its grass fed. its not safe to eat CAFO beef in any manner.

anything from us wellness is ok to eat in just about anyway, i eat it raw all the time.

grass fed beef liver is very healthy raw, i developed quite a taste for that at one part

C28ae8c7a12a730363835acf21e962a2

(715)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:49 AM

should avoid consuming ground beef raw.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on March 23, 2013
at 12:16 AM

I thought ground beef (or ground meat in general) was the one meat you didn't want to eat raw?!

9215c97e4d3296f0de599ef9292cee15

on March 23, 2013
at 01:07 PM

What do you think about the ground bison from Whole Foods?

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on March 23, 2013
at 03:10 AM

That's the party line, but I like raw ground bison too. I eat it once or twice a week, maybe 1/4 - 1/2 lb, and I've never gotten sick from it.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 28, 2013
at 03:20 AM

I wouldn't risk it.

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