Why Organ Meat?

paleo meatloafWhen I started the paleo diet and months into it read more about the importance of organ meats, my first thoughts were those of uneasiness, curiosity, and then frustration as I considered where I would even buy quality organ meats that I could trust. There is a common misconception about organ meats that they aren’t healthy because they filter the toxins of the body; however, the truth is these filtering organs do not store the toxins that they filter. In fact, Wellness Mama has a post that also looks at the benefits of eating organ meats and she clarifies for us as well that “while organ meats do function as filters in the body, they don’t store the toxins. The job of organs like the liver is to remove toxins from the body, and as such, they store many fat soluble vitamins and nutrients needed to accomplish this task.”  Organ meats are some of the most nutrient-dense meats we can take advantage of in our diets.   

When deciding on what organ meats to try you should consider the following as some great options:

  1.  Tongue – Okay, so this one might seem a little over the top; however, many people are so surprised by the texture and mild flavor of the tongue.  Tongue is a good source of iron, zinc, choline, vitamin B12 and other trace minerals.  It is one of the most tender cuts of meat and is delicious in beef tongue tacos!
  2. Heart – Once again, you may be a little taken aback by the thought of eating heart but heart is extremely lean and the taste and texture is similar to a nice cut of steak and is also a great source of iron, zinc, selenium, B vitamins, and CoQ10. 
  3. Liver – Liver is the one organ meat you may be most familiar with from your childhood possibly.  The taste of liver is what tends to turn people off but if you can develop a taste for it and try it in some creative recipes you may be surprised at how much you look forward to eating it on your meal plan.  Liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods and contains folate, choline, vitamin B12, and retinol which is crucial in skin improvement.

It has been suggested that you eat at least 2 meals containing organ meat per week and the more the better!  Paleo on the Go is definitely about providing you with the nutrients from organ meat.  We also take some of the frustration out of preparing organ meats because we have done all of the sourcing, recipe development and cooking for you. Try our awesome AIP Meatloaf with Cauliflower Mashers and Paleo Shepherd’s Pie!

What is your favorite organ meat and how do you prepare it?