Why I (Sort Of) Eat Organ Meat For Breakfast


  • Organ meats are full of vitamins and minerals.

  • They don’t have to be icky! You can incorporate organ meat into your daily routine by following a tasty recipe or taking them in pill form.

Did you click on this post because you were intrigued, grossed out, or both? Well, I’m glad you did!

Flip your TV to National Geographic and watch lions and tigers devour their prey. What do they eat first? The organs.

Humans also considered organ meat a delicacy (and still do in some societies today)! Medical biophysicist Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, PhD (aka “The Paleo Mom”) writes:

In the olden days (yes, I use that term purposely vaguely because it’s different for different cultures), organ meat was revered and saved for those at the highest echelons of society (exactly who depended on the culture, sometimes it was saved for pregnant women, sometimes the head of the family or tribe, sometimes the oldest members of the society, sometimes the hunters, etc.).

Why Eat Organ Meat?

For starters, it’s incredibly nutrient-dense. According to Healthline, a 3.5-ounce portion of cooked beef liver contains the following:

  • Protein: 27 grams
  • Vitamin B12: 1,386% of the reference daily intake (RDI)
  • Copper: 730% of the RDI
  • Vitamin A: 522% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 201% of the RDI
  • Niacin: 87% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 51% of the RDI
  • Selenium: 47% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 35% of the RDI
  • Iron: 34% of the RDI

Thus, eating 3.5 ounces of liver is like taking a multivitamin!

Further, eating organ meat is not very popular (yet!), so you can often get grass-fed, grass-finished organs for very cheap! If you’ve found it difficult to fit high-quality animal protein into your budget, organ meat is a great solution.

If you decide to incorporate organ meat into your daily or weekly routine, remember quality matters. Be sure you trust the source!

But…isn’t it gross to eat organ meat?

Yes and no.

If not prepared correctly, organ meat can certainly taste disgusting. Fortunately, since it’s becoming more and more popular to eat organ meat, delicious recipes keep popping up!

Functional Medicine specialist Chris Kresser provides many great recipes in his post “How to Eat More Organ Meats.”

If you’re skeptical of your cooking abilities, consider buying pate or confit that you can spread on crackers. (I love Jillz gluten-free, grain-free crackers, which you can find at many grocery stores or on Amazon.)

Personally, I’m still not sold on the taste of organ meat, so I opt to take 3 of the Ancestral Supplements grass-fed, grass-finished, hormone-free, GMO-free, pesticide-free liver pills each morning:

Ancestral Supplements also makes bone marrow, beef brain, beef lung, and more!

Bottom line: Organ meat is really making a comeback since it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals. Possibly, cook up some delicious organ meat recipes OR add an organ meat supplement to your weekly routine!

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