(NaturalNews) Organ meats were a staple part of our ancestors diets and provided a tremendous nutritional benefit to groups of people who had limited access to other nutrient dense foods. Our current society has no emphasis on organ meats and they are mostly avoided. Consuming organ meats on a regular basis can provide one with incredible health and performance benefits.
Our ancestors experienced times of feast and famine and had to make the most out of each calorie source they had access too. When they killed an animal they would consume every part of the animal. The native Americans and other tribal groups and the original healers believed that eating the organs from a healthy animal would improve the health of the organs of the individual.
Here are some organ meats that you may benefit from including in your diet. These should all be from organic, grass-fed or pasture-raised animals and not ever from industrial farm raised animals.
This is actually more of a muscle than an organ but it does contain a high percentage of calories from fat. Most tongue is about 70 percent fatty acids, making it one of the most tender cuts of beef. Most people really enjoy the flavor of tongue more than ground beef and steaks. It is also easy to prepare and can be used in a variety of different recipes.
Heart doesn't look very edible but most are quite surprised to know that it tastes good! Many have compared its taste and texture to that of steak or brisket. This is a great source of iron, zinc, selenium, B vitamins such as B2, B6, Folate and B12. The heart is especially rich in CoQ10 which is vital for mitochondrial health and energy production.
Most people with chronic health conditions are deficient in CoQ10 and have mitochondrial damage. Heart is the best overall food source of CoQ10. Bison, buffalo, venison and beef heart are the richest sources of this powerful nutrient. Heart does not have a lot of fat and is quite lean and muscular. Many enjoy it ground down and added to a ground beef mix.
Liver is by far the most nutrient dense organ meat to consume. It is perhaps the most nutrient dense food on the planet and contains specific bioavailable forms of nutrient complexes that are very challenging to get elsewhere.
Liver is a powerful source of pre-formed vitamin A, also called retinol. Three ounces of beef liver is estimated to contain about 26,973 IU of vitamin A, chicken liver contain roughly 15,306 IU. Cod liver oil is another powerful source of retinol but eating liver on a biweekly basis can provide the amount you need for optimal health.
Liver is very rich in bioavailable folate, choline and B12 which are nutrients necessary for a number of major functions in the body. Many individuals who are following a healthy lifestyle opt for a diet rich in sustainably raised, organic muscle meat. While this meat has its benefits it is also quite high in methionine. Elevated methionine increases homocysteine production. A few of the key nutrients needed to reduce homocysteine levels include folate, choline and B12.
Most people don't have much of a taste for liver and some downright hate it. I recommend cooking it in a stew or mixing it into ground beef at an 80/20 (80 percent ground beef and 20 percent ground liver) and most never even notice. This is the best way to get it into your children's diet as they will not even tell the difference if you use this ratio and make naked beef burgers.
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