All The Benefits of Eating ‘Nose-To-Tail’
What is ‘Nose-To-Tail’ eating?
Eating ‘Nose-to-tail’ is a way of eating meat that sees that the entire animal is consumed from the muscle meat to the organs. This way of eating mirrors the ancestral diet our ancestors ate.
When we say that the entire animal is consumed, we mean quite literally EVERY part of the animal including:
- Muscle meat
- Cartilage and tendons
- Bones & marrow
- Organ meats (Liver, Heart, Kidney, etc.)
Most often, hunter-gathers would go straight for the organ meat before anything else as they understood organ meats are the most nutrient dense part of the animal, many times richer in vitamins & minerals compared to muscle meats. There are cultures that still practice this ancestral way of life such as the Hadza people of Tanzania who are acutely aware of the vitality of eating organs. Chronic disease is extremely rare amongst the Hadza people which has been hypothesised to be a result of regularly consuming organs and their tendency of nose-to-tail eating.
Organ meats used to be an extremely popular delicacy before people started favouring muscle meats for their flavour, and before we were able to ongoingly access the same cut of meat each week in supermarkets.
We don’t have to go back far to discover organs were a popular ancestral staple, with many of us holding memories of our grandparents cooking up liver or preparing bone broth. Now, with the saturated processed food industry noticeably impairing both our health and our ecosystems, the next generation are seeking nourishing, sustainable produce and are turning once again to traditional nose-to-tail eating.
What are the nutritional benefits of eating ‘Nose-To-Tail’?
Until recently, the modern western diet had lost its connection with the ancestral diet nose-to-tail way of eating. Now we are rediscovering what we always knew, that eating Nose-to-tail, and more specifically organ meats, not only has many health benefits, but is also a more sustainable way of eating, by reducing waste.
Eating nose-to-tail elicits many health benefits, with each part of the animal containing a unique nutritional composition and providing a more complete nutrition than muscle meat alone.
Some of the most often included organs in nose-to-tail eating include liver, kidney, and heart for their robust nutritional profiles. Some of the nutritional benefits of these key organ meats include:
Beef liver is often referred to as ‘Nature’s Multivitamin’, known for its incredible contribution to overall well being, including immune function, energy production, vision & skin health.
- A naturally abundant source of bioavailable nutrients
- Most abundant source of Preformed Vitamin A (Retinol) found in nature, for healthy immune function, vision & skin health
- B12 to improve exercise performance, mind clarity, mood & reduce brain fog
- Vitamins B12, B2, B3 & B5 to help reduce fatigue, promote energy production, support neurological performance, healthy blood & cell formation
- Vitamin A to assist with iron metabolism
The nutrients in beef heart have are known for their contribution in energy production and endurance, blood formation, and cell division.
- Assists energy release from food, increasing endurance & improving overall nutrient absorption
- Promotes iron transport & metabolism
- Natural source of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) supporting energy production
- Supports cell division & protection of cells from oxidative stress
- Contributes to blood formation & the maintenance of red blood cells
Beef kidney is often referred to as a ‘natural anti-histamine’ due to its high DAO enzyme content, and known to contribute to thyroid health, mental performance, and nervous system function.
- For healthy hair, skin and nails
- Increases mental performance & healthy function of the nervous system
- Dao (Diamine Oxidase) enzyme helps neutralise dietary histamine in the digest tract when consuming histamine rich foods
- Selenium for the utilisation of iodine in thyroid function
- Improves overall thyroid health
Why is sourcing important when eating ‘Nose-To-Tail’?
Quality sourcing is of the utmost importance and the journey of achieving superior quality begins with how each animal is grazed and nurtured.
Traditional cultures past & present, lead lifestyles deeply connected to the natural world and those living on and with the land have always held animals in high regard, understanding the nutritional importance of life feeding life.
When selecting an organ source, they should always be
- Free from GMO’s
- Free from exogenous antibiotics
- Grass fed & grass finished
- Organically & regeneratively raised
An animal that has been raised lovingly and properly nourished, is going to yield a far better-quality meat in terms of both taste and nutrient density. After all, we are what we eat.
What are freeze-dried organ supplements?
Three years ago, we started to reintroduce organ meats into our diet, however we always found it difficult to find a continual source of fresh, ethically sourced, organic, and high-quality organ meat.
After working away in remote areas of the country, we know first-hand the difficulty of sourcing quality organic organ meats for consumption. Therefore, we created our convenient range of freeze-dried organ supplements to provide our community with access to high quality, nutrient dense organs without any of the guess work.
Freeze-drying is a means of dehydrating (AKA desiccation) the organ meat so that it can be consumed as a powder. Many vitamins and minerals are heat sensitive, quickly deteriorating when undergoing heating processes which results in a portion of the nutrient content being lost. Freeze drying, in contrast to high heat dehydration (desiccation) processes (or even conventional cooking processes) ensures the nutrients remain intact.
Some of the advantages of freeze-drying organ meats include:
- Locking in as many nutrients as possible to achieve a nutrient-dense final product
- An increased shelf life
- A final product that does not require refrigeration
- Enabling nose-to-tail eating at any time or place
- Confirmation of its source & quality
The nutritional profile of freeze-dried organs is astoundingly high, with Cell Squared’s independently tested, freeze-dried beef organ supplements retaining the nutritional properties (per 3g serve) equivalent of eating up to:
- 18g Raw Beef Liver or 36g Cooked Beef Liver
- 16g Raw Beef Heart or 30g Cooked Beef Heart
- 16g Raw Beef Kidney or 30g Cooked Beef Kidney
Cell Squared’s range of freeze-dried organ supplements are the most meticulously tested on the Australian market, meaning we have worked with one of Australia’s leading food laboratories to verify the key nutrient quantities.
One of the advantages of consuming Cell Squared freeze-dried organ supplements in particular, is that we have done the leg work for you in terms of ensuring only the best quality source is selected. Our range of organ powders and capsules are sourced from grass-fed beef, organically raised on ancient floodplains in the pure heart of Australia, Lake Eyre Basin.
This area of Australia is a land of ancient purity, so remote that the grasslands have been virtually untouched for millions of years. Cattle are raised with minimal human interaction on seasonally changing, nutrient rich pastures.
Our range of organic, freeze-dried, grass fed beef organ powders and capsules are a 100% natural wholefood with nothing added. This means no fillers, flow agents, GMO’s, or preservatives. Our beef is also regeneratively and organically raised to ensure a premium quality. We source our beef organs fresh, then we gently freeze dry them in small batches.
Eating nose-to-tail is a nutritionally superior way of eating, whilst being environmentally and ethically friendly by minimising waste. Whether you choose to eat fresh or freeze-dried, incorporating consciously-sourced, organ meats regularly can provide a diverse nutritional edge and help to reach your health and wellness goals.
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