Organ meats are sometimes referred to as “offal.” The word offal derives from the term “off fall,” referring to any part of an animal that falls away when it is butchered, such as the tail, feet, and testicles.
In the United States, organ meats include all things that are distinguished as offal. On the other hand, most meats Americans are used to eating are muscle meats, while organ meats are not considered a staple of the Western diet.
Organ meats carry some risks, however, as well as benefits, when they are consumed, despite their nutritional value.
Fast facts on organ meats:
- Organ meats are very high in some vitamins and nutrients.
- There are issues with harmful bacteria in intestines if not cleaned properly. Also, brain meat has been known to transmit rare diseases, such as Mad Cow Disease.
- Despite the vitamin content, culturally in the U.S., organ meats are not considered as important a part of a dietary plan, as traditional muscle meats.
What is organ meat?
Chicken liver is a type of organ meat or offal.
There are several different types of organ meats, some of which are better known than others including:
Specifically, those who ate nuts five or more times per week were found to enjoy a 29% reduction in death from heart disease; an 11% reduction in death from stroke; a 23% reduction in death from infection; a 24% reduction in death from respiratory diseases; a 29% reduction in death from kidney disease; and an 11% reduction in death from cancer.
Our Better Health
BY DR. RONALD HOFFMAN NOVEMBER 29, 2013
A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine underscores the health benefits of nuts. Researchers followed over a hundred thousand men and women over several decades and concluded that eating nuts helped them stave off the Grim Reaper. Seven or more servings of nuts per week cut the risk of dying by a third! (“A serving” was defined as one ounce, which is about one handful of almonds.)
Specifically, those who at nuts five or more times per week were found to enjoy a 29% reduction in death from heart disease; an 11% reduction in death from stroke; a 23% reduction in death from infection; a 24% reduction in death from respiratory diseases; a 29% reduction in death from kidney disease; and an 11% reduction in death from cancer.
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“Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health,” says leading mushroom research, Paul Stamets, who has written six books about mushrooms.
Our Better Health
Diana Herrington February 10, 2015
If you’re looking for a new food to boost your health and shake up your boring meal routine, mushrooms might be it. With over 100 thousand species of mushroom-forming fungi and huge health benefits, the mushroom is a little-known superstar. We often sprinkle mushrooms on our salads or add them to our casseroles. Next time add a few more handfuls of this ingredient–or, better yet, make it the main entree! Including a little more mushroom to your favorite meal is a tasty and rewarding move.
- 140,000 species of mushroom-forming fungi.
- Close to 100 types of mushrooms being studied for their health benefits.
- A small number found to be very beneficial for boosting your immune system.
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We hear every day how important it is to eat healthy foods and not to junk up our systems with the many forms of junk foods available. It gets to feel like a cliche after a while. So, here is a graphic explanation of why you should eat healthy foods. Exactly what good does it do us to eat healthy foods?
Speaking of junk foods, you might want to check out my post A Love Letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s – NOT for further details.
Loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue — the initial symptoms of magnesium deficiency. While initial symptoms can be minor, a magnesium deficiency may eventually cause noticeable problems with your muscle and nerve function such as tingling
Eat well, Live well
If you are feeling exhausted or noticing weird muscle cramps, you might be suffering from a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It affects everything from your heartbeat to your muscles to your hormones
The 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) revealed that at least half of the U.S. population had inadequate intakes of magnesium.
Loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue — the initial symptoms of magnesium deficiency. While initial symptoms can be minor, a magnesium deficiency may eventually cause noticeable problems with your muscle and nerve function such as tingling, cramping, numbness and contractions. In its worst stages, magnesium deficiency could even cause seizures, personality changes, or abnormal heart rhythms. Since only 1% of magnesium is found in your blood (most is in your bones or organs), a simple needle prick often won’t help determine your levels. Instead, diagnoses are usually…
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I’ve always found the difference between electrolytes and minerals somewhat confusing. Some experts say it’s all the same, or is at least converted within the body to be all the same but I didn’t entirely get it. One of my goals in writing this week’s blog is to gain a better understanding for myself of the similarities and differences (and hopefully be able to convey this new understanding in a very articulate way to you)
I wrote up trace minerals some time ago in dealing with the arthritis in my hands. Regarding the post’s mention of coconut oil, see Coconut Oil – Why You Should Include it in Your Diet.
Mom Loves Water
Most of us are somewhat familiar with electrolytes and know about things like Gatorade to replenish but what I’m going to talk about goes way beyond drinking a sports drink after heavy exercise. While I hold strong that water is the most essential nutrient for the body, I know that water is not the only supplement our bodies crave. Our bodies are basically made up of the same things that make up the earth, so beyond water we need to think about the soil and thus what’s in (or supposed to be in) the earth’s soil. Minerals. Beyond water (or better yet, with our water) our bodies need replenishment of minerals.
I’ve always found the difference between electrolytes and minerals somewhat confusing. Some experts say it’s all the same, or is at least converted within the body to be all the same but I didn’t entirely get it. One of my goals…
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I would like to offer a favorable word about the under-appreciated egg. Specifically, the chicken egg. I like eggs, and I hope I can convince you to include them in your diet. An egg is one of the most nutritious food items available. It is rich in minerals proteins, and vitamins, all of which are easily absorbed by the body, according to Organic Facts.
Eggs are an excellent source of important minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and iodine.
I like my eggs hard-boiled. People have sharply mixed opinions on hard-boiled eggs. Some like them totally firm so that you can bounce them off the floor when the shell is removed. Others prefer variations all the way down to bordering on soft-boiled. The consistency of the yolk is the key; solid, runny, somewhere in between.