Organ meats are healthy and nutritious, and if you are not eating them, you are missing out big time.
Organ meat is so much more nutrient-dense than muscle meat, it’s not even close.
I would even say if you only ate organ meat, you would have all the nutrients needed to be in optimal health and thrive.
You might be thinking that someone only eating organ meats will run into some deficiencies, but that is not the case.
If you are looking to eat healthy while sticking to a budget, I suggest you get some organ meats since its affordable.
In this post, I am going to go through all the nutrients in organ meats and how it can help you live a healthier lifestyle.
When people think of organ meats, they think about the liver. The liver is the holy grail of animal nutrients. It has almost every nutrient there is.
The liver is packed with Vitamin A, which helps with acne and clears your skin. If you are struggling with acne, eat a portion of beef liver two to three times a week. Your skin will thank you.
The liver has lots of Vitamin B12, folate, and Vitamin C.
It has moderate amounts of Vitamin E, Vitamin K, phosphorus, and iron.
Kidneys are the second most nutrient-dense organ meat behind the liver. Kidneys may not be as nutrient-dense as the liver, but its nutrient profile is more complete.
Kidneys are rich in B12, selenium, riboflavin, niacin, and folate.
It also has moderate amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Zinc, and Omega 3’s because of its fat content.
If the animal was raised outside in the sun, it will also have moderate levels of Vitamin D.
I love the taste of kidneys. It’s so chewy and tasty.
The heart is probably the tastiest organ meat of all. The first time I tried heart, I thought it was steak. The heart has the same texture and flavor as steak.
The heart is primarily high in B vitamins, which is a common theme among organ meat.
Other than being high in B vitamins, the heart is not high in any other vitamin. It has moderate amounts of iron and riboflavin.
There is no unique reason to eat heart since B vitamins are found in every other cut of meat. I like to eat it because it tastes so good and it is a great way to get started with eating organ meats.
Liver, kidney, and Brain are the most nutrient-dense organ meats one could eat. If you incorporate these three into your diet, your health you skyrocket.
I was quite hesitant to try the brain at first, but after giving it a go, I liked it. It’s soft and spongy.
The brain is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Choline, and Omega 3. It also has moderate levels of zinc.
I only tried eating lungs a handful of times. It wasn’t tasty, but not horrible either. Lungs are tolerable. I think it depends on the quality of the animals’ diet.
The lung is an excellent source of Vitamin C while being high in selenium and iron. Lung, like all meat, is a great source of B vitamins.
Blood isn’t an organ, but it is so nutrient-dense that I had to include it. Blood is very high in iron and B vitamins. A single serving has several hundred percent of the RDA.
It also has high amounts of sodium and zinc, while being packed with fiber. Blood can also be very hydrating. I like to add it to my soup. Just make sure the animal you are getting the blood from was raised on a quality, grass-fed diet.
If the animal was raised outside during summer, it will also have high levels of Vitamin D3.
There we go. There is no reason why you should not be eating organ meat. If you never ate organ meat before, I suggest you start with the heart or kidney. They are both tasty and easy to prepare. With the heart, all you have it do is cut it into strips and boil it. It takes about 3-5 minutes to boil soft. I like eating hearts with eggs and ground beef.
With kidneys, nothing beats an old fashion steak and kidney pie. It’s simply delicious.
There is no secret to getting healthy. There are countless factors to consider when trying to get healthy like exercise, mindful eating, meditating, quality sleep, stress, and so much more. But if you start eating some nutrient-rich organ meat, you will be one step closer to your goal.