Top 5 Organ Meats

Top 5 Organ Meats

The majority of people have, for lunch or dinner, grilled, fried, braised, or roasted meat.
Organ meats are not even on the holiday menu anymore. The main reason behind this is because they are considered dangerous for the heart. It is true that organ meats are high in cholesterol and contain plenty of fat. However, their benefits truly outweigh their drawbacks.

Here's the irony: Many years ago, people used to eat everything from animals. They didn't throw away anything, and very few suffered from heart diseases or obesity. Nowadays, to be healthy, people reduce their fat consumption but slip some sugar here, some refined carbohydrates there, and finally, all the E's, some names which can't be pronounced, and some (hydrolyzed) high-fructose corn syrup. But it's all right because it's marketed as low fat!

But we're not here to judge! We're here to re-examine the amazing health benefits of the misjudged organ meats. As long as they are not eaten in excess, organ meats are great foods for your body. They reduce appetite, maintain muscle mass, cost less, and contain super important micronutrients.

So, let's look at which organ meats are best in terms of taste and benefits…

 

1-liver

Liver

This superfood is very high in vitamin B12. If you are a vegetarian, you can consider consuming a tiny amount of liver per day to get rid of any side effects caused by vitamin B12 deficiency (a known issue with a no-meat diet). Many vegetarians took this approach, as only 10 grams of liver is enough!

It is also a great source of protein, iron (heme iron), zinc, vitamin A, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin B6. Even if it contains some trans fat, the good news is that a small portion contains more than enough nutrients. [1]

 

2-brain

Brain

Beef brain had been infected with a virus (mad cow's) in certain countries, which caused lethal neurodegenerative diseases.
Nonetheless, there is no reason to avoid eating the brain, as long as it comes from sheep. This organ contains plenty of protein (which helps you maintain muscle mass) and DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid (which reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and promotes healthy brain function) and rich in micronutrients. [1]

A small portion of the sheep brain is enough for your body to get all the good stuff it needs.

 

3-tongue

Tongue

While a bit fattier than the brain, the tongue is rich in complete protein. It's also a good source of iron and zinc, and like most organ meats, also contains choline and vitamin B12. [1]
Choline is an essential nutrient for brain, liver, and muscle health. It plays a complex role in the body, and it was proven that it can prevent breast cancer, heart disease, and many kinds of inflammations.

 

4-kidneys

Kidneys

This is the right food for someone who wants lean protein without too much fat. Like all organs, they're a great source of iron, vitamin B12, vitamin A, folate, vitamin B6, and riboflavin. Kidneys also support the immune system and reduce appetite. [1]

 

5-heart

Heart

Packed with protein and rich in the micronutrients mentioned previously, this organ has something extra. It contains coenzyme Q10, which fights free radicals and boosts your energy levels; it is like a sidekick for the immune system. Moreover, the hearts are good sources of collagen and elastin. They are great for your skin and slow down the aging process. [1]