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Is Organ Meats Safe And Healthy? Benefits Of Organ Meat

Organ meats, also known as viscera, or offal are the internal organs of animals. These include the kidney, heart, liver, tongue, intestine, and brain. Though ...

by Samantha Grace

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Organ meats, also known as viscera, or offal are the internal organs of animals. These include the kidney, heart, liver, tongue, intestine, and brain. Though it might sound weird from an American perspective, many cultures around the world consume these organs for their nutritional value. Though organ meats like kidneys and livers were once common in the average American household, their popularity has declined over the years. 

But, recently there has been a growing interest in the potential benefits of eating organ meat in the US. Still, many people have this common question, “Is organ meat safe and healthy?”. This article aims to answer this question by explaining how eating liver changed my life. So, let’s get started, shall we? 

Is Organ Meats Safe And Healthy? How Is It Beneficial?

Generally yes, organ meat is safe for most people. It is more beneficial for your health than eating muscle meat. However, you should watch your portion size since many of the organ meats are high in cholesterol and saturated fats. You may stick with leaner muscle meat if you have high cholesterol levels. 

People who have gout disease should also limit their organ meat intake, as the organ meat can worsen the symptoms of gout disease. It is also best to serve children with smaller portions of organ meat than adults. 

Many of the complications related to eating organ meat come from poor cleaning and preparation techniques. If not properly cleaned, the organ meat can smell and taste weird which may make you nauseous. 

Many cuisines use spices and other ingredients to make the organ meat more appetizing. However, it may not be for everyone. Still, the health benefits make them a better option than regular meat. The benefits include a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, increased energy levels, reduced risk of cancer, stronger immune system.

Eating Liver Changed My Life – Benefits Explored!

Livers from many different animals including mammals, fowl, and fish is commonly eaten in many countries. In the United States, dishes like liver and onions or pâté made with the liver are traditional delicacies that are still popular.

Eating Liver Changed My Life

Prepared well, the liver has a strong and distinctive taste and a unique, soft texture that many are a fan of. The liver is generally safe for people who can eat other meat and it can have several health benefits.

🎐 Nutrient Dense

The liver is the most nutrient-dense organ of meat. It is a powerful source of vitamin A, folic acid, iron, chromium, copper, and zinc. These minerals and vitamins are essential for many bodily functions. 

🎐 Rich In Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient for building muscles, skin, and bone. Protein-rich foods can help you reduce your appetite by making you feel full longer. 

🎐 Supports Blood Clotting

The liver contains vitamin K, which can help the production of various proteins that are needed for blood clotting.

🎐 Improved Bone Health

Vitamin K is also critical to bone health. This means that getting enough vitamin K by eating liver may improve your bone health significantly. 

🎐 Detoxification

The liver contains essential nutrients needed for detoxification. Contrary to the misconception, the liver does not store toxins, it actually neutralizes toxins and aids in their elimination from the body. 

Though eating liver can result in several health benefits, if you belong to certain groups of people, you should avoid eating it. 

🎐 Pregnant Women

Some studies suggest that the high consumption of liver may lead to birth defects. 

🎐 People With Gout

As we have discussed above, organ meat including the liver can worsen the gout disease. 

🎐 People With Cardiovascular Issues

The liver can increase the cholesterol levels in the body, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disorders

🎐 People with Wilson Disease

Wilson disease is a condition where your liver stores copper instead of releasing it. The liver contains a high amount of copper which can be fatal. 

Is Organ Meat Better Than Vegetables?

The nutrition profile of organ meat can slightly vary depending on the organ and animal it is from. But generally speaking, one serving of organ meat has more amount of nutrients than vegetables. However, organ meat does have several disadvantages that make it unhealthy for many people. Although the benefits won’t come as close as organ meat, you can choose nutrient-dense vegetables such as: 

  1. Spinach 
  2. Carrots 
  3. Broccoli 
  4. Garlic 
  5. Brussel sprouts 
  6. Kale 
  7. Green peas 
  8. Swiss chard 
  9. Beets 
  10. Red cabbage 

Instead of sticking with one, it is best to include a variety of vegetables in your diet to ensure diverse health benefits.  

Conclusion 

Organ meat is rich in nutrients that are beneficial for health. It can support healthy muscle and bone growth, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, increase energy levels, enhance immunity, etc. 

Though organ meat is safe when consumed in moderation, it might not be for everyone. People who are pregnant, people with gout disease, and those who are affected by Wilson disease should stay away from consuming organ meat. 

You can also opt for vegetable options that have a rich nutrient density like spinach, carrot, and broccoli. Regardless, of the nutritional value and health benefits, it is important to follow a balanced diet for overall health and well-being. 

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