October is upon us folks, it’s time for a new Divine Health monthly challenge. This month I challenge you to use more offal and other odd nutrient dense bits in your daily/weekly diet. Why on earth would one want to eat organ meats on a regular basis you ask? Simply because they are one of the most nutrient dense foods available so long as they come from healthy pastured/grass fed animals.
Traditionally, the organ meats were considered as the most prized part of the animal. Organ meats are rich in the fat-soluble vitamins A & D, as well as essential fatty acids and a whole host of other nutrients. Considering that we, as a nation, are very deficient in vitamins A & D, it would be wise to partake of these powerfully nutritious foods. Each gland/organ supports the same organ in your own body.
Offal & Other Odd Bits
- Liver- Liver is rich in vitamin A. In fact, you could eat 8 ounces of beef liver once a month and get adequate vitamin A in your diet. It’s likely the best source and way to get this important nutrient into your diet. How hard could it be to eat just 2 ounces of liver a week? In the book ‘Nourishing Traditions’ it is said that liver provides a rich source of antioxidants as well and this is important to help your own liver remove toxic substances from the body. We all know that liver is good for us. Most of us grew up eating liver. Whether we liked it or not, right?!! Now, that I am older and wiser and understand the importance of including liver into my diet, I am willing to figure out ways to include it weekly.
- Heart- Heart, is rich in iron, and is especially rich in CoQ10 . CoQ10 is widely known and popularly supplemented as a support for heart health. Read more about CoQ10: The Heart Health Nutrient here.
- Brain – Brains are rich in DHA and important omega 3 fatty acid. According to the nutrition data website, 3 oz. of cooked beef brain contains 727 mg of DHA.
- Kidney- Kidneys are a great source of B12, boasting 21 mcg per 3 oz. serving. They are also quite high in selenium.
- Adrenal Gland- Adrenal glands are a good source of vitamin C, so long as you don’t cook them too much. However, it is very difficult to obtain the glands, so consuming glandulars may be the best option.
- Sweet Breads – Sweet Breads are the thymus glands of young veal, lamb and pork, they are high in good fats and protein.
- Tongue- Tongue, I can’t find much information on the health benefits of consuming beef tongue. However, I know the practice of consuming the tongue is a very traditional one. It goes in line with not wasting any part of the animal. It’s a muscle meat, not an organ meat, but often falls into the category of ‘Offal’.
- Fish Roe- Fish Roe a good source of dietary cholesterol, rich in vitamin A, folate and other vitamins. For minerals, it is a good source of many but high in phosphorous and potassium. Also a good source of protein, amino acids and fatty acids.
- Bone Marrow – Read more here and here. It’s hard to find specifics on the nutrient profile of marrow, it is an important inclusion on the GAPS protocol so that tells me it plays an important role in towards health.
- Odd Bits- Other items to include could be pigs feet, cheek, chicken feet, gizzards, fish eyes and more! It’s up to you! I challenge you to try something new this month. Let’s begin, shall we!
This month’s goal is to eat any one of the above listed items 2-3 times per week. That’s totally doable, right?! Some of you may want to start out with liver cubes and just adding your chicken gizzards to soup or make giblet gravy. But I challenge you to take it further, stretch yourself and go beyond your comfort zone. That’s what I plan to do. I’ve got a freezer full of organ meats from my spring pig still to use up, plus several hearts from various animals. (above image: My freezer drawer full of pork organs and odd bits).
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