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Supplementation for those who refuse to eat offal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2010 at 6:59 PM

I will not eat offal. FORGET IT. I can walk around barefoot and grunt and pretend to be a caveman, but I can not stomach the organ meat. Is it my fault that I'm a product of a prosperous society in which it's easy to get by eating only muscle meat from childhood onward? No, it is not.

Now, if I'm going to eat VLC to promote weight loss, for me that means mostly muscle meats (beef, pork, lamb, some chicken, some seafood), some eggs, some cream, some butter, a few almonds, and some well-cooked cruciferous veg for "color." I do better without the cheese, so I avoid it.

So the question becomes: a) what am I missing eating this way and being a picky little hunter-gatherer, and b) how to I supplement to make up for that?

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on May 08, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Be careful not to overcook it!

703331bec3d551d21d2178f60c9963c1

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on May 06, 2010
at 08:08 PM

Ha no doubt! Believe me, I feel your pain, I cannot stand the taste of liver, but I try to eat it 2-3 times a month. Usually involves the recipe above or paired with avocado, chili sauce, and melted raw cheese to help cover up the liver taste.

C56bdadbc180bfd11b15eea1964825f7

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on May 06, 2010
at 05:31 PM

Yes, I do a yeoman's job of eating butter, cream, and fatty cuts - it's tough work, but I slog through somehow.

C56bdadbc180bfd11b15eea1964825f7

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on May 06, 2010
at 05:29 PM

Ok. Just because you make a compelling case, I'll pick up a liver from the farmers market this weekend and give it an honest try. Anything involving onions and butter can't be that bad.

5740abb0fa033403978dd988b0609dfd

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on May 06, 2010
at 02:19 AM

Pate'. It's like hummus. Everybody loves hummus. :-)

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

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on May 05, 2010
at 08:21 PM

**I can walk around barefoot and grunt and pretend to be a caveman** OMFG I am just dying. This is so hilarious - I needed this today! Honestly, don't you think sometimes we take ourselves too seriously? Well, no more, at least not you! My opinion is that every step we take in the right direction is - a step in the right direction. If some steps are not taken - as long as we don't step **backward,** we are doing well. There are some organ meats I am fine with, but several I wouldn't touch either, whether or NOT I run around grunting :-)

C56bdadbc180bfd11b15eea1964825f7

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on May 05, 2010
at 08:04 PM

Ok, I'll cop to eating sausage, but it's probably not more than once a week.

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on May 05, 2010
at 07:30 PM

You don't eat sausage or hot dogs? Most people are eating more offal than they realize.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on May 06, 2010
at 03:37 AM

I'd definitely recommend finding a good butcher. They might be able to custom make some bratwurst with liver blended in or something, so you really can't taste it. But good bratwurst is basically offal. A good pate is another entry offal.

Chicken and other bone broths also contain much of the good stuff offal has and are delicious and inoffensive to nearly everyone.

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5740abb0fa033403978dd988b0609dfd

on May 05, 2010
at 09:55 PM

I think what you'll be missing is minerals. Steve Guyenet has an interesting post on copper http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/04/copper-in-food.html which includes a graph showing beef liver has 8 times the amount of copper as beef muscle. I haven't seen similar graphs for other minerals, but I expect there is something similar for various organ-mineral combinations.

There is also a possibility that primarily eating muscle puts more protein than you really need into your diet. Fatty cuts and 20% ground beef can help to address that; as well as cream, butter, avocado, coconut, etc.

C56bdadbc180bfd11b15eea1964825f7

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on May 06, 2010
at 05:31 PM

Yes, I do a yeoman's job of eating butter, cream, and fatty cuts - it's tough work, but I slog through somehow.

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703331bec3d551d21d2178f60c9963c1

on May 05, 2010
at 10:58 PM

Liver is possibly the healthiest food on the planet. Check the nutrients in that link. It's like an olympic gold medalist and navy seal wrapped in a freaking suit of body armor : )

I know you don't want to eat it, but calf's liver has a little better taste than beef liver. Cook with onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, swiss chard and a whole lot of butter. MMMM!

Probably not the answer you were looking for but just giving you an option : )

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on May 08, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Be careful not to overcook it!

5740abb0fa033403978dd988b0609dfd

(2633)

on May 06, 2010
at 02:19 AM

Pate'. It's like hummus. Everybody loves hummus. :-)

C56bdadbc180bfd11b15eea1964825f7

(862)

on May 06, 2010
at 05:29 PM

Ok. Just because you make a compelling case, I'll pick up a liver from the farmers market this weekend and give it an honest try. Anything involving onions and butter can't be that bad.

703331bec3d551d21d2178f60c9963c1

(587)

on May 06, 2010
at 08:08 PM

Ha no doubt! Believe me, I feel your pain, I cannot stand the taste of liver, but I try to eat it 2-3 times a month. Usually involves the recipe above or paired with avocado, chili sauce, and melted raw cheese to help cover up the liver taste.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 07, 2010
at 08:04 PM

Try the accepted answer to this thread

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