I am trying to up my organ meat intake (from nothing) and have started by ordering liverwurst from US Wellness Meats. I just tried my first piece about 10 minutes ago and it was awesome. It is all grass-fed cow meat, 30% trim, 30% liver, 20% heart, and 20% kidney. I am thinking it would nicely supplement my salad, bacon and egg breakfast each morning... actually becoming a major component of my breakfast (i.e. small salad, 3 pieces bacon, one egg, and 1/4 lb liverwurst).
Is this going to be enough organ meat to be considered optimal? Or is it possibly too much? Basically, 1/2lb liver, 1/3lb heart, 1/3lb kidney each week. Am I still missing anything important if this is my only organ intake? Lastly, is there anything about liverwurst (particularly the aforementioned version of it) that makes it a less than optimal way to consume offal?
You'd probably want to go to fitday.com and crunch the numbers to see how much of each nutrient you intake daily and weekly. There is no exact intake of organ meat known to be the healthiest. A lot will depend on the rest of your diet. The whole point of organ meat is just that it is packed with nutrients, many that we know of and perhaps even some that we don't know of. But that does not mean organ meat intake is required for health. YOu coudl get the same nutrients from other foods. It's just that organ meats are nutrient dense and it's easy to get a LOT of nutrients in just a few bites. Organ meats are the quick and easy way to get a lot of nutrition quickly and cheaply. Even more convenient if you get a lot of diff organ meats all at once like in liverwurst, plus in your case, it sounds like it's all natural grassfed. Yum! Sounds like a good deal to me!
Those citing the Inuit's knowledge of the dangers of overconsuming liver need to be sure they are comparing apples to apples (or livers to livers). The Inuit were dealing with polar bear, seal, and walrus - the livers of which are extraordinarily high in Vitamin A. A portion of walrus liver contains over 4 times the Vitamin A of an equal portion of beef liver. The livers of polar bear and seal contain 13000-18000 IU per gram, compared to about 300 IU/g for beef liver.
I have loved liverwurst ever since I was a kid. We went to a local German butcher who made his own. There are many different styles, some with brians ( the best) but most without. Stay away from supermarket brands that only try to match the texture and flavor with the real goods. I would say that it only meets your organ intake about halfway. But better than none, right?
I've been eating a ton of it lately, but solely supermarket brands. They contain preservatives and sugars and conventional meat but I'm hoping the good outweighs the bad. Far superior in taste and perceived quality and liver content is Kahn's/Kroger's (compared to Jones, Oscar Meyer and Boar's Head). Some of the others have slightly lower carb/sugar content (and none of them have that much) but they seem more processed. Want to try US Wellness at some point.
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