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    Muscle Meat only Diet. what nutrients will be missing?

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    If one were to eat a muscle meat only diet, no organ meats bone broth and obviously no plant material, what nutrients (if any) would be missing? What nutrients would said person not be able to supplement with vitamins?

    Ive seen a lot of speculation on this site and others about the grim future of a person eating only muscle meats but there doesnt really seem to be any science behind it.
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    my guess is the abundance of vitamin b12 and choline. You can get bio available sources of each without eating offal but it just so happens that beef liver is a high source of both and the chances of you becoming deficient in either are lessened if you eat it.

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    As a side note, bone broth and bone marrow also contain high levels of b12. The cheapest source of choline comes from soybean (soy lecithin). There might be other reasons for eating offal but those are the two I can think of off hand. Currently, I don't see any reason why a person couldn't benefit from just using a supplement for the two but I'm not sure how efficiently those vitamins are absorbed in pill form as opposed to the natural sources.
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    thank you pacificbeef, that is the most clear reply ive seen on this subject. I have no objections to offal and bone broth, its just not as convienant, at least for me compared to muscle meat

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    I dont have a definitive answer but this shows you the highest sources of all vitamins and minerals. Not all are animal sources, not to say that animal sources cant give you adequate amounts

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    I think the "you will die if you do that" has less to do with missing nutrient and more to do with not enough fat. If people died from missing nutrients America wouldn't exist.

    Look up rabbit starvation for a better explanation.

    You might want to read "adventures in diet" (just google, free doc available on some religious website for some reason I can't understand) for a good write-up on a carnivorous diet which included plenty of offal though. Dudes were eating brains fried in lard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Gager View Post
    thank you pacificbeef, that is the most clear reply ive seen on this subject. I have no objections to offal and bone broth, its just not as convienant, at least for me compared to muscle meat
    Also, I've read in various places that addictions like alcohol and nicotine along with poor gut flora interfere with the absorption of both b12 and choline. If you don't have any of those problems and are eating a lot of meat and eggs, there's a good chance you're ok. Supplementing and/or eating offal would probably be just hedging your bets.

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    If you'd like to try bone broth and are worried about convenience I suggest this:

    Walmart.com: Crock-Pot 7-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker: Appliances

    I'm as lazy as they come and this has been the answer to my prayers for bone broth. It's a crockpot with a programmable timer that only has 4 settings, 3 of which I never use. I just use the 8 hours on Low. After that, it automatically switches to "warm" mode. I've left bone, meat and broth on this setting for over 8 hours and have had no issues.

    If you're interested in trying, I have a simple procedure:

    1) purchase any type of grass fed beef bone (shank, knuckles, even ribs with bone work out ok)
    2) quarter 1 large onion and arrange bones and onion in crock pot.
    3) add water until completely submerged (it's ok for the onions to float if they do).
    4) add a little distilled vinegar, maybe a cap full.
    5) add some salt and pepper if you want (more on this later)
    6) cover and set it to "8 hours low heat" and walk away

    When it's done, the crock pot automatically sets itself to "warm" and the broth is ready to go. You now have a base for a bunch of things that you'll only need salt and other spices to make it tasty. I've used it in place of water in recipes like spaghetti sauce not to mention soups. You can skim the fat off if you want but I usually leave it when I drink it straight.

    An example of straight up broth:

    Separate some of it into a saucepan for immediate consumption and refrigerate the rest for later.
    In the saucepan, I add salt and dissolve a little tomato paste to season the broth until I think it tastes good. It usually doesn't take much especially if you were generous with the salt from the beginning. My taste varies day to day so I use a lot less during the initial prep stage above.

    Also, if you like miso paste, I highly recommend that too since it's probiotic and convenient, not to mention tasty.

    My other reason for bone broth is that when I accompany it with any meal, it tends to be quite filling and satisfying
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    what does bone broth taste like anyways? im not really a fan of soup, i got the impression that it was similar to beef broth soup. is that about right?
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    i've got to try this bone broth stuff.

    my husband will not eat liver, etc. Just won't. So even tho periodically i will cook up some chicken livers or buy brauschweiger, it's not very often. So for the past couple of months, i've been supplementing w/ dessicated beef liver tablets. So far i think it's been very beneficial. In fact, the first few days, i'd chomp down on the tablets & once i got them down, i got the same kind of alertness that i got from 5 hr energy. I guess it's all the B vitamins? Anyway, unfortunately that effect wore off after about a week but i still think the liver pills are a good idea for me.

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