SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

December 30, 2013

Superfood ‘Organ-meat’?

More and more, I understand how fortunate I was in the gene-pool  –  this post reminds me of stuff I’d forgotten.   My maternal grandfather sired 10 girls and 2 boys (plus, there were 5 miscarriages) and another live, beautiful boy who died quite young as he laughed – then choked to death, around the dinner table,  over something funny.    Oh the stories I’ve heard relevant to those days.

Amalianna (in her 40's)

Amalianna (in her 40’s)

My mother, Amalianna (called Anja) was 2nd-born and an amber-eyed red-head as were the last 2 kids – both girls.  All the rest had raven-black hair.   Grandfather’s special affinity to her may have been because of his own mother’s red hair — it drew him and she became his closest companion in the hunting and other male dominated activities. Interestingly, the red-head called Shirley was my age — a few months older with wavy hair and blue eyes while the last daughter was Dorothy with silken, straight hair and dark eyes. So beautiful but I never met one of them who wasn’t gorgeous.

Mother adored her father, even tho his temper tantrums scared the stuffing out of her from time to time.  But he was so proud of her and she held that position in his life that an adored “son” would have taken had the fates arranged things differently.  He even taught her how to slaughter animals.

I was told my grandmother loved being pregnant, and try to imagine having all those kids (18 pregnancies) but also realize that the older girls took care of all the new babies as they came along together with a great a great deal of the house-work and other ranch chores.  There was a whole lot of cooking and baking going on in those days. 

Now this little trip down memory lane rises as I think back to the wealth of stories I’ve heard about Mother’s early life.  They were a healthy bunch and because of experience and the time they lived, people generally WERE healthy.  Mother was always trying to get me to eat some strange stuff I’d never heard of and didn’t want because I’d never heard of it.  But I was crazy about heart and liver and she was clever fixing all of it.   Refused tongue and brains as I couldn’t wrap my head around it. 

This has nothing what ever to do with this post which is actually rather exciting.  But you’ll probably be able to see – why the memories.  So enjoy it, it’s part of our heritage.    Jan

Superfood Meats

eating organ meatsHardly Anyone Eats This Meat, Yet It’s a Vitamin-Packed Superfood eating organ meats
Acknowledged decades ago by the “Isaac Newton of Nutrition,” this meat is considered a superfood of the animal kingdom and packed with more nutrients than almost any other food – including amino acids, B vitamins, and CoQ10. Isn’t it time you took advantage of it?

Story at-a-glance

  • Although not considered a favorite of the Western palate, organ meats such as liver and heart are the superfoods of the animal kingdom and are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat
  • Dr. Weston Price traveled the world studying diets of traditional cultures and found organ meats were nearly universally prized, primarily for their incomparable nutrient content
  • Organ meats from grass-fed animals are safe and rich in high quality amino acids, fat, B vitamins and B12, CoQ10, minerals, and “fat-soluble activators” (vitamins A, D and K), important for mineral absorption
  • Organ meats are extremely high in natural vitamin A, which is crucial for your health and may even prevent birth defects; unlike synthetic vitamin A, you cannot become toxic from natural vitamin A
  • Liver is one of the most nutritionally dense foods in existence and nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A; liver is also abundant in iron, choline, copper, folic acid, B vitamins, purines and natural cholesterol
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