Why You Should Consider Organs

By Paleo
In Paleo Food
Jun 2nd, 2013

Many people may think of organs as being unpalatable because of modern misconceptions, but in actuality organ meat can not only be delicious, but it’s also a nutritional powerhouse. Many followers of the paleo diet opt to include a healthy portion of organ meat in their food routine and there’s several big reasons you might want to consider doing the same. There are numerous organ meats available to be eaten, and some are more adventurous or exotic than others, but the basics that are probably the most simple when it comes to preparing them at home are liver, heart and kidney.


  • Organ meats are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Organ meats are high in B vitamins, including folic acid and B12. They also have loads of minerals that we need, and may not get from many other foods, including iron, copper and selenium, just to name a few. In addition to B vitamins, organ meats are high in other fat-soluble vitamins including A, K, D and E. Organ meats are one of the food sources with the highest naturally occurring amount of vitamin D.


  • Organ meats are high in fat, but they’re very healthy fats. Organ meat is packed with amino acids and omega-3 fats. These fats are vital to not only healthy cardiovascular functioning, but they also make our skin look more youthful and healthy. Amino acids are also the building blocks of our bodies, and eating organ meats high in amino acids is great for cell repair and functioning. Heart, in particular, contains high amounts of collagen and elastin, which is vital for not only tissue and joint health, but also for healthy skin.


  • Organ meat is generally a great deal more economical than muscle meat. If you’re concerned that purchasing meat is causing your grocery bill to rise, it might be a great idea for you to add organ meat to your meals a few times a week in place of muscle meat. Organ meat is not only less expensive than muscle meat, but you’re getting a great deal more nutritional value for your dollar. Often you’ll be able to purchase organ meat that is grass-fed and organic for less money than non-organic, non-grass fed muscle meat, so when purchasing organ meat you’re likely to get a very high quality product for very little money, relatively speaking.


3 Responses to “Why You Should Consider Organs”

  1. dmm0126 says:

    I was always advised growing up that organ meat was someting to be avoided. The reasonbeing that the nautre of most organs is to filter out toxins i.e. organ meat is full of toxins. Can you comment on this please? Thanks.

    • Paleo says:

      Hunter gathers would eat the entire animal, doing anything less would be a waist of food. They would eat everything from the meat, to the organs and drink the blood (as well as eat the bone marrow). Organs are extremely rich in vitamins and minerals (that the meat does not contain), so eating everything is a balanced meal. Of course, you want this to come from a healthy animal – then the organs are healthy and nutritious.

  2. Interesting post, I think the organs are the scariest things to eat for anyone starting the paleo diet. I’ve been on the diet for a while but try to avoid them, although now I’ll have to get over my fear and start eating more organs.

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