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    I had an interesting conversation with my housemate last night over dinner...we were debating the health benefits of eating organ meats and offal, things like menudo, chitlins, stomachs, livers, kidneys, etc.

    I don't think it's healthy.

    She does.

    But then...I was thinking...putting aside the whole meat vs no meat debate...I might be wrong. Menudo, for example, is *very* good for detoxing with...so it is healthy in a way. Liver has a lot of iron in it. The smell of chitlins is a great incentive to diet. Tongue is supposed to be easy to digest.

    Do I think that this kind of food is unhealthy simply because it's gross?

    Maybe...

    What are your opinions?

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    None of it seems healthy IMO. But, I am not a dietician. How could it be healthy? Excuse me but we all know what chitlins are and what goes through them inside the pigs body. I used to love chitlins until I found out. YUCK!!!!! I gues we know why they stink huh?

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    not sure how any of this can be healthy. it provides sustenance, yes. but nutritious?

    i consider most vegetables and whole grains and and beans/legumes and green teas and some oils to be nutritious.

    are tongue and chitlins in that category, i don't think so.

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    The smell of chitlins is a great incentive to diet.
    True!

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    LOL I've heard people refer to them as "sh*tterlings" (because of the smell of course). I think that they're high in cholesterol, and that can't be good. I used to eat them too until I found out what they were. Mom cooked some for the holidays and had the whole house smelling like...(well you know). Most of my family eats them (can't separate country folks from thier pork . Most of them will each any animal or any part of an animal at that (hhm could this could be part of the reason that alot of them are diabetic and/or have problems with high blood pressure . Just the other day, my uncle was talking about some squirrels he had in the freezer to make squirrel soup .I consider all of that stuff "slave food" anyway. _headshake:

    BTW what is Menundo?

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    i believe it's mexican tripe soup.

    but you know, i've never heard of any dietician, nutritionist advising anybody to increase the amount of chitterlings, tongue, brains, testicles in our diets.

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    Menudo is in fact, Mexican tripe soup...I used to work for a woman who'd eat it whenever she had a cold, food poisoning, or a hangover because something about the tripe gets rid of toxins, apparently.

    No carnivores checking in on this topic?

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    organ meats from a healthy animal, prepared in a low-fat way, and not consumed on a regular basis? sure. why not?

    i think that over-consumption of processed foods like conventional loaf breads, faux-meat soy products, and pastas like macaroni, egg noodles, spaghetti, etc., probably cause people far more harm than moderate consumption of lean meats or organ meats do. pasta is not a whole food.

    i think the key to a very good diet is moderate consumption of as many "whole foods" as possible, including legumes, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, lean meats.

    ETA: in addition to eating as many whole foods as possible, i think it's important not to consume too much sugar, even organic brown, or salt. a low-salt diet is critical, especially to black americans who are prone to high blood pressure and all of its related illnesses.

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    From what I know of organ meat, it's high in protein and cholesterol, so while it seems that you could eat it and continue to be just fine, you wouldn't want to eat 1/2 lb. of it with every meal. You know ... like regular meat.

    Me? I had a steak/kidney pie the day I got engaged ... liked it too

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    just say no to organ meats.

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    i think the key to a very good diet is...

    I agree with this. Meat, even a greasier cut, is not "teh debbil". If you were to buy an organic pig, and it all of it over time, that would be a healthy thing to do. Sure, you'd eat a greasy tail once, a liver once, but most days you'd be eating muscle meat. Organ meats contain a lot of vitamins and micronutrients, but the are fatty and should not be consumed daily.

    Sugar and trans fats play a larger role in unwanted cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease than satured fat.

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    Absolutely nothing from the pig can be healthy!!!!!!!

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