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grassland beef "lamb oysters"?

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Created September 24, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Hello. I am supposed to be getting between 40 and 50% of my calories from protein, and am looking to diversify my proteins. So, I was looking on grasslandbeef.com and came across "lamb oysters" http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=1086

Are these what I think they are (lamb testicles)? Has anyone had them before? If so, how do I prepare them and how do they taste?

Thank you!

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11478 · September 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM

The proportions don't matter so much as the actual amount of protein you are eating compared to your lean body mass. If you eat more protein that you need, the excess will be converted to glucose through gluconeogenesis (which possible involves increased cortisol). Jaminet talks about how across the world, the average protein intake is about 17%, independent of culture, because our appetite is finely tuned to make sure that we get just enough protein to meet out structural and gluconeogenesis needs: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/10/perspectives-on-low-carb-i-dr-kurt-harris/

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78422 · September 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM

To clarify - She was, the situation not so much.

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78422 · September 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Exactly. When she isn't hypo anymore that 50% will be a "real" 50% and she's gonna suffer. I know a lady it happened to. Not pretty, not at all.

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11478 · September 24, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Yes. This is one of the most misunderstood points in nutrition. No hypo caloric diet is sustainable long term though.

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5828 · September 24, 2012 at 5:52 AM

I second the question of what's the concern? I eat close to half my calories from protein (and close to half from fat.)

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190 · September 24, 2012 at 1:15 AM

why is it concerning? I'm in a dance company and our teacher advices us all to eat like that.

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190 · September 24, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Why is that concerning? I am in a dance company and our teacher advices everyone to eat 40-50% protein.

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18635 · September 24, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I'm more concerned that you think you should be getting 40-50% of your calories from protein.....but, yes they are what you think they are.

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3885 · September 24, 2012 at 5:31 AM

..Quarter them and saute them in liberal amount of butter, salt, pepper and whole cumin seed for seasoning.. have them on a piece of crunchy lettuce... YUM..!!

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78422 · September 24, 2012 at 6:13 AM

I think JayJay's point above is a good one. On a hypo-caloric diet you can do 50% protein no problem, if you are already lean this is not the least bit desirable or healthy.

Let's put it this way, let us assume your BMR is 2500kcal a day and you want to lose weight. So you eat 2000kcal per day at 50% protein, 25% carb, 25% fat. This would appear to be 1000kcal of protein, 500carb and 500 fat. It isn't. Your BMR is 2,500, not 2,000. So your body is really using - 1000kcal protein, 500carb and 1000fat. You are really "eating" 20%carb, 40%fat, 40% protein. So hypo-caloric diets are, in essence, ketogenic diets. If you have a BMR of 2000 and try to eat 1 half your calories for REAL in protein you are going to end up with rabbit starvation and put a lot of strain and pain on your liver.

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78422 · September 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM

To clarify - She was, the situation not so much.

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11478 · September 24, 2012 at 6:22 AM

Yes. This is one of the most misunderstood points in nutrition. No hypo caloric diet is sustainable long term though.

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78422 · September 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM

Exactly. When she isn't hypo anymore that 50% will be a "real" 50% and she's gonna suffer. I know a lady it happened to. Not pretty, not at all.

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1772 · September 24, 2012 at 11:11 PM

If you are eating a calorie restricted diet 40-50% of your diet as protein is absolutely fine. Most people on paleohacks WAY overeat anyway to meet their fat quota and are therefore do not get the benefits of calorie restriction. Speaking from experience you are totally fine.

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1472 · September 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM

They are testicles from a bull, not a lamb. That is how you make a steer, you castrate a bull. Lamb fries do come from a lamb. I'm from SE Oklahoma were these have been on the menu of several Italian restaurants for 80 years now. I grew up eating them and they are great.

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190 · September 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM

I appreciate the concern, but 40-50% of protein is a normal amount when you are eatig 1200 calories a day. All diet down for a couple of weeks when we are in training for a big concert. I do not eat liek this year round, but that is just the way it is and how we do things. The formula we are supposed to follow for 1-2 weeks of every month is our body weight X 10 in calories. Eat half of those calories from protein. Eat the rest of the calories from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and complex carbohydrates. Sorry if it's not the most healthy thing in the world, but we all make sacrifies somewhere.

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1173 · September 24, 2012 at 6:21 AM

40-50% of calories is way too much protein.. A high protein, low fat diet will deplete your body of magnesium and vitamin A and disrupt your calcium metabolism. It's a really bad idea.

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