I was chomping down on some pork spare ribs for dinner tonight when I got to looking at the bones and wondering, hmm, can I eat this? I know that early humans are suspected to have benefited greatly from the consumption of marrow and I'm pretty sure I've seen a few modern Paleos mention marrow consumption.
So I have a few questions...
- Is the bone marrow of any animal always safe to consume (assuming that the attached meat is stored & cooked in a manner suitable for consumption)? Is there any time that I shouldn't crack a bone open and have at the marrow?
- What are the nutritional benefits of consuming marrow?
- Are there any benefits to consuming the hard outer bone shell? These can be flakey with some bones and thus reasonably edible. I wouldn't have had any difficulty consuming much of the shell of the spare rib bones, for example.
- Cartilage doesn't seem particularly edible or enjoyable to consume, am I correct?