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    I am interested in getting into eating raw meat seeing as how this would be very primal.

    Has anybody done this?

    Can you share any experience or any suggestions?

    all comments welcome


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    I've eaten raw fish (and unequivocally prefer it to cooked fish) and raw beef (only once, and I want to more frequently, but I don't have a farm-fresh source at the moment. I'm told that freezing meat before consumption keeps parasites from being an issue, but I will still admit to a concern about salmonella/e. coli and the like.


    Anybody more experienced with raw meat consumption care to weigh in?

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      I know a lot of raw meat dishes are served with natural antibiotic substances. Pickled ginger with sushi, garlic with carpaccio, that kind of thing.

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        Raw meat is fantastic. I'm a big fan and eat it when I get the chance.


        Freezing does help eliminate possible parasites. 90 days is the recommended time, especially for species known to carry parasites.


        I eat raw beef, boar and deer occasionally. I have had kangaroo raw once. My favorite is venison, but I don't get it very often. It was delicious with wheat-free tamari. Very tender. You barely have to chew.


        When going raw, you'll want very lean cuts of meat. Fat and other tissue is tough and difficult to get through when raw.


        I only eat local, pastured meat, so occasional raw consumption seems pretty safe. Venison is the only wild game I consume raw at this point. My other wild meats tend to carry a risk of rabies, so must be cooked completely, unfortunately. I wouldn't eat grocery store meat raw.


        Also- +1 on the garlic. It's an anti-biotic. It never hurts to have a little, just in case.

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          What's the benefit to eating raw? Don't you absorb more nutrients when it's cooked?

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            For the most part, you don't make a great many more nutrients available in meat when you cook it, and you don't destroy the few heat labile nutrients or form any potentially bad compounds like AGEs.


            That said, I think it's actually the primal (and socially transgressive) appeal of EATING RAW MEAT that gets me. The texture is nice, and the flavor is completely different from cooked meat.

            Give me liberty. Exploration of other options will be vigorously discouraged.

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              I would argue it is more primal to eat cooked meat. We have been cooking meat for over 250,000 years. Cooked meat is very much a reason why our species is what it is today. And although cooking doesn't really change the nutritional profile of meat, it does make it easier to digest (less energy used for digestion, more energy for cognitive functions).


              Just one resource:


              http://www.beyondveg.com/nicholson-w...erview2c.shtml

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                I eat meat raw simply because I like the taste and texture of it. It's a nice change from the ordinary. There's something about eating a food in its raw state that is appealing to me, be it meat or produce. It's just... refreshing.


                I was putting some boar bacon and ground beef in the crockpot, and decided to give the raw bacon a try. OMG, yum! So soft and chewy and bacony. I had to remind myself I needed it for my recipe and not eat it all right then. :P

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                  If you are into the taste and texture of raw meat then fine - I like a raw steak every once and a while too. But if you are thinking about getting into eating raw meat to fulfill a notion of replicating primal behavior I think it is stupid.


                  Radio program on the theory that cooked meat is what made us human:


                  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=112334465

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                    Well, I sure like it raw, assuming it's local, herbivorous, grassfed, and has sat in my freezer for several months.


                    I like a sort of intermediate phase, where the outside is quickly seared, but the inside is totally raw but hot. Lamb or beef, of course, not poultry.


                    Ground meat is very easy to eat raw, but it's all the more important that it was frozen as soon as it was ground, and then cooked before it has really thawed. Ground meat rots very quickly.


                    A little green Tabasco sauce or mustard is good with it.


                    Raw fat doesn't seem that hard to chew. It's pretty good if it's fairly warm. You chew what you can get, and then spit out whatever wouldn't chew.


                    For tough meat, on the other hand, I like slow cooking for hours and hours so that the gristle turns to delicious gel.

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                      P.S. On the "what made us human" front -- I recently saw something on TV (sorry, I don't remember what -- NOVA?) which said that someone rooting through the human genome found a defective base-pair -- something was missing its partner. (Wish I knew enough to be able to say that right.) And that is a defect, and other such defects have been traced to genetic abnormalities.


                      So they checked other people at that place in the DNA, and the whole human race has that defect! They puzzled out what it was. We lack a protein, because of that defect, which should make our jaws many times stronger than they are. Other primates have strong jaws, ours are sort of wimpy in comparison.


                      Then they figured out that if our jaws were strong like the other primates, the huge muscle attachments would keep our brain cases (sutures) from expanding as our brains grew. (Hope I said that right ...) So, this "defect" was what allowed us to have brains many times the volume of other primates.


                      Strange world, isn't it?

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                        I haven't eaten much raw meat but I know a lot of people who do -raw paleo and "Primal Diet" (different than Primal Blueprint- it's a raw meat diet).

                        These people do it because they are recovering from illness and/or find raw meat easier on their systems/easier to digest/less autoimmune-provoking.

                        http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                          hazyjane, I don't understand when you say they eat raw meat because it is easier to digest. How is eating meat that has not first been processed through cooking 'easier' to digest?

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                            Cooking the meat can toughen the proteins (unless, of course you're making yummy slow-cooked dishes:-) It also makes them less bioavailable, according to some sources (Max Planck Institute).


                            A lot of these people are into raw food in general. They believe in the "Enzyme Theory" (which is somewhat dubious) that raw foods require less digestive enzymes to break down because they still have their own enzymes intact.


                            As far as dealing with illness, one friend of mine has an autoimmune disorder and cooked meat makes her sick, but she thrives on raw meat.

                            http://www.prettyinprimal.blogspot.com

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                              I've been on a raw diet which required eating a lot of fruit and only raw protein. It felt kinda like being a vegetarian with some amounts of sashimi because I couldn't eat raw meat. The diet was based on the enzyme theory and they were just as strict about frozen protein as much as they were about cooked protein.

                              It was a great diet but I didn't get enough protein and fat from eating plants (and sashimi is expensive)...

                              It did do wonders for my skin, weight and even cellulite... but I lost muscle and eating like that in the long term is impossible.


                              Beef sashimi and steak tartar are great dishes, I'm just not confident enough to try them on my own with conventional meat. If there was a way I'd consider going raw as well!

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