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Health Benefit of Eating Organ Meat: Liver Natures Most Potent food

Updated on June 2, 2014

Micro -nutrients

The human body needs lots of nourishment nutrients and vitamins which are readily available in many food types we regularly eat especially when fruits and vegetables are consumed. We know regular exercise and eating lots of fruits and vegetables is good for us because of the important nutrients we derive from consuming them.

Micro nutrient deficiency is a big problem in Africa which affects public health with erroneous consequences for the population; it’s not so glaring like other problems but is still a big problem in developing countries. Five out of the twenty five widely known micro nutrients can be found in organ meat which includes vitamin A, folate, zinc and iron.

Iodine is part of the micro-nutrients needed which aids proper development of children and learning, in order to provide adequate amount of iodine many governments use fortified foods loaded with iodine. A common fortified spice is salt; government encourages salt producers to fortify the common salt by introducing iodine because this micro nutrient is difficult to get enough quantities in regular food sources.

When we do a comparison analysis between micro nutrients present in fruits and vegetables they suddenly come up short against red meat and especially internal organs. Internal organs like the liver is a powerhouse of micro-nutrients almost tripling those found in fruits and vegetables.

Organ meat is a delicacy in many countries like China, Brazil, Asia, and Africa and is highly sort because it has omega3, amino acids, lots of vitamins and nutrients. The rich content of such organs provide sometimes ten times many nutrients than those derived from fruits and vegetables.

Have you considered why top predators like Lions, Tigers and hyenas prefer consuming organ meat first after a kill before eating the flesh? They do this because organ meat has the most nutritional value to them before red meat, this is a basic primeval knowledge passed down through generations.

Assorted organ meat

Assorted organ meat in a restaurant
Assorted organ meat in a restaurant | Source

Acceptable organ meat

Cows, goats and sheep reared on feed concentrates or grain are not considered healthy in regards consuming their internal organs; this is because concentrates have certain agents that are not good for us. The animal is what it eats need we forget the frightening mad cow disease in Europe?

Animals that graze on natural grass and are pasteurized are healthier so is their internal organs. Acceptable organ meat includes the following liver, the brain, heart, kidney and even the tongue. In Nigeria the entire goats head which includes the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, brain is a top delicacy you can buy in any pub or drinking joint.

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Types of organ meat

Organ meat covers most organs in the animal’s body excluding the flesh which is beef; and the common organs consumed in different parts of the world are the liver, heart, brain and pancreas. Other parts that are delicacies are the kidney, lungs, tongue and brain.

Recently in a television series about some hillbillies that built a business empire on duck call gadgets, the matriarch said her favorite part of a squirrel is the brain. Even in Brazil goat’s brain is believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac and is widely consumed.

Because of their high nutritional value even in Europe and America these organs (offal) are introduced into animal feed making the feed concentrate richer and of greater benefit to the animal. Preparation of most organ meat requires specialized handling which could involve extensive cleaning, boiling, and soaking the organ for certain duration. Some even mince the meat, deep fry, wash and remove inedible regions and might even pound some into a pulp.

Some other meat sources that are not considered organ meat but might seem taboo in some regions are Grasscutter rat which actually is a cane rat and is otherwise called the generic name bush meat, rabbits, squirrel, snake and hedgehog.

In local eating hangouts in Nigeria assorted organ meat is the order of the day and they attract high premium prices alongside regular cow skin called Pomo, smoked fish and beef. Usually they are eaten with vegetables soup and local dishes like processed cassava called Gari (eba), pounded yam or processed yam called Amala.

Kinds of organ meat meals

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When the meat is  handled by a chef it can be really niceA nice meat ensembleGoat head before cooking. A nice delicacyAssorted organ meat
When the meat is  handled by a chef it can be really nice
When the meat is handled by a chef it can be really nice | Source
A nice meat ensemble
A nice meat ensemble
Goat head before cooking. A nice delicacy
Goat head before cooking. A nice delicacy
Assorted organ meat
Assorted organ meat

Summary of nutritional content of organ meat

1 Organ meat contains healthy protein

2 Has vitamin K2, B complex

3 Has vitamin B12, vitamin A

4 Contains choline

5 Zinc, copper and iron is present

6 Has good dose of omega3

7 Vitamin D, retinol

8 Vitamin E, Amino acids

9 And CoQ10

Liver and its enduring qualities

The liver plays an important role in the digestive system of animals; you can find highly specialized tissues, the hepatic vein and vegus vein working the organ. It has many important functions such as synthesizing protein, which helps digestion;-produces biochemical’s and detoxifies us.

Organ meat eating has been with us form BC period up to the present day making it a very important food source that cannot be ignored. In the culinary world of organ meat liver is the undisputed champion having high concentrations of nutrient much more than the others.

Liver when it’s properly prepared can actually taste really nice; there are many restaurants that can make some delicious meals from the super food. Liver has all the nutrients found in organ meat like folate, zinc, copper, phosphorus, certain acids, vitamin B, B12, A, K2 and iron.

What does all these do increased libido, strength, immune system booster, increases bone mass, improves ones vision, helps reduce the possibility of coronary heart disease.

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Organ meat properties

Organ meat is a rich source of important vitamins and nutrients the body needs for proper development and functioning, the amount of nutrients found in organ meat is astounding especially when compared with sources of nutrients. Taking a closer look at organ meat we find some interesting benefits.

The meat aids mineral absorption while providing a rich cocktail of vitamins such as vitamin A which lowers the possibility of birth defects, and vitamin D good for metabolism. The liver has an impressive amount of vitamin A, has choline, folic acid, and fat soluble properties.

Organ meat nutrients includeomega3 fat, powerful trace minerals like chromium zinc and even copper, it also has vitamin D as stated earlier. Other important nutrients that are found in larger quantities in organ meat are retinol, vitamin K, cholesterol, a powerful antioxidant called CoQ10.

The meat dynamo continues giving with top notch protein, folic acid, choline, vitaminB12, B complex, iron, lots of vitamin E which aids blood circulation and is though to be an elixir of youthfulness.

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Organ meat risks and concerns

Organ meat is not free from controversy so before you start chucking down goat brain you should consider the following concerns. Because organ meat has a very high concentration of vitamin A when consumed regularly might exceed recommended doses and cause birth defects in pregnant women.

The iron and copper content is also deemed to high, a lover of organ meat might contact kidney stones or at worst gout which is a disease that causes painful swelling in the joints. There is also great concern about the origin of the organ meat if it was reared through grain feeds or natural grazing methods. Because grain fed animals might have high toxins associated to medication like antibiotics introduced in their food they are deemed not suitable as organ meat.

Animals that free range and feed on grain, roots and shrubs are considered safer and better for organ meat consumption. Because it is believed that the healthier and more natural the animal is so is its internal organs because they have fewer toxins.


Organ meat might seem taboo to some but the health benefits cannot be ignored like reducing cardiovascular health issue, has omega 3 which is all good and lots of vitamin A which reduces birth defects when consumed in small quantity. This kind of meat need expect tendering before its safe to eat which is not strange because some of our best food stuff also go through several processes for example cassava which has natural cyanide.

If you are game and ready to experiment you can go to a good restaurant and order any meal that would include organ meat or liver. You might just be surprised how delicious it can be when handled by professional chefs.


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