BENEFITS OF THESE SUPER INGREDIENTS
As we discussed in the Why Sneaky Liver? blog, liver is a superfood. Gram for gram, it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available to us. The reason why liver is one of the best superfoods and healing foods known today is that it’s the highest source of B vitamins, and vitamin A, D, E, K and minerals such as copper, iron, chromium, phosphorous and selenium, as well as the powerful antioxidant CoQ10. Health experts now recommend including liver in our diet at least once a week. Liver pate is so satisfying because liver is so nutritionally complete, and that’s why adding liver to other dishes will also make them very satisfying.
Aren’t livers full of toxins? This is a question we also discuss in our Why Sneaky Liver blog. While it is true that one of the liver’s functions is to act as a filter for toxins, it is not a storage place for them. If there are too many toxins for the bowel to process, they generally accumulate in the fatty tissues and nervous system of the animal. The liver will only store toxins if it is sluggish or overwhelmed, such as in sick or conventionally raised animals in confinement. The health of the animal obviously affects the health of its organs. For this reason, just as with any meat, when you buy liver it’s important that you get it from animals that are organic or grass-fed, free-range, and pasture-raised. When sourced from healthy, grass-fed cows, liver is absolutely loaded with a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fats that outweigh any small amount of toxins it may contain. Click here to know more about preparing Liver.
A NOTE ON PREPARING LIVER
If the thought of handling liver freaks you out, you’re not alone. Livers are indeed slimy and as you wash them you may feel like you’re part of a murder scene but take heed knowing that the beastly flesh is rocket fuel for your body.
It is suggested that liver recipes are greatly improved if the liver slices are first soaked in lemon juice for several hours. This may help to draw out impurities and gives a nicer texture. I don’t always do this, so don’t fret if you miss this step. After washing the livers, use a small sharp knife to remove and discard any white sinew or greenish patches, which can impart a bitter flavour. Place the trimmed livers in a colander, rinse gently under cold water and then drain. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also high in antioxidants and there are many studies demonstrating that it may help with a myriad of health challenges. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric responsible for much of its health-promoting properties and here’s why hiding a little turmeric in your dishes is such a great idea. Turmeric is a powerful free-radical quencher.1 Some authors go as far as to say it may have anti-cancerous properties, helping prevent and destroy cancer cells.2 At this stage, more research is needed on this one. Turmeric also works in an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal capacity which is terrific when colds or the flu strike.3 In addition, this ancient herb may be helpful with detoxifying the liver and helping to increase the flow of bile, an important factor in digesting dietary fat and weight loss.4 Other studies suggest turmeric may be beneficial for those suffering with depression.5
There is nothing like a little garlic (or a lot for you die-hard fans) to flavour up your meals, and for centuries people have been using garlic to add some oomph to their health too. Ancient civilizations used garlic to treat asthma, digestive disorders, heart disease, infections, respiratory disorders, tumors, and even intestinal worms. These days, research shows the health benefits of garlic include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, an anti-inflammatory effect, a reduced risk of cancer, and a stronger immune system.6
Pink Himalayan salt or Celtic Sea Salt
This superfood contains over 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron, so it does more than just make your food taste better. Some of the anecdotal health benefits for sea salt suggest that it aids with vascular health, that it supports healthy lungs and respiratory function, promotes a stable pH balance within the cells, promotes healthy sleep patterns, prevents muscle cramps, increases hydration, and improves circulation. As mentioned, more investigation is needed on these suggested benefits as there hasn’t been to date a lot of research of this topic. Please also see our discussion towards the end of this recipe on Sea Salt versus Himalayan Salt where we discuss recent concerns raised over toxicity etc.
This health elixir is full of protein and good fats, but more importantly, the high gelatine or collagen content helps to heal and protect the mucosal lining of the digestive tract which is invaluable when wanting to secure our kids’ health. Bone broth helps support immune function and is considered the ultimate brain food.7
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Because of the colour of stock, and the intense flavours of some of the ingredients (such as liver and turmeric), these super stock bombs are best used in winter dishes like bolognaise, stews, casseroles, soups and curries that have a darker colour – so as not to alert your child to any added extra that might be healthy! But seriously, you don’t want to make too many big changes in colour and flavour if your child is on the fussy side. By adding these bombs to already flavourful dishes, you are adding the health benefits without having them be the dominant flavour. You can slowly introduce new flavours into foods they already eat and hide them effortlessly.
Super Health Bombs are a great addition to gravy. For those kids that love flavour, one or two of these bombs can be added to gravy mix or used on its own to make gravy. Simply whisk some flour into the juices of the roasted meat (such as beef, lamb or chicken), add a couple of super bomb cubes and some water and bring to the boil. This gravy has a rich pate flavour that creates a fabulous punch.
Finally, a note on salt
Salt is a wonderful thing. In fact, every cell in our body needs salt. Lots of people worry about eating salt though particularly when Heart Associations across the world say that salt is bad for us. These reports are referring to table “salt,” not a high-quality, unrefined sea salt.
Our bodies rely on salt to keep good bone density, proper circulation and stabilised blood sugar levels. Click here to read about why table salt is harmful and our summary on the better forms of salt.
Types of salt…
Table salt is mainly mined from underground salt deposits. It’s heavily processed to eliminate healthy minerals. According to Dr. Edward Group, table salt is manufactured by taking natural salt (such as crude oil flake leftovers) and heating it to 1,200°F. During this extreme process, the chemical composition is completely altered, and all the nutritional benefits are destroyed. In the end, generic table salt ends up being about 97.5% sodium chloride and a 2.5% balance containing an array of ingredients, including anti-caking chemicals, MSG, and/or white processed sugar to help stabilize the iodine, and aluminum derivatives, such as sodium silico-aluminate.
Ultimately, this processed salt puts people at risk of developing cardiovascular events and chronic diseases because of elevated blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. Additionally, most table salt is iodised and puts people at risk for over-iodisation, which has been shown to abnormally enlarge the thyroid gland and cause thyroid problems, such as thyroid-related autoimmune disorders. Excess iodine in the diet can also lead to nausea, headaches, and unhealthy hormone levels.
Himalayan salt is harvested from a large salt mine in Pakistan. With a history dating back to Earth’s creation, it’s believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea. It has a pink colour due to the presence of iron oxide. It also contains about 80 natural minerals and elements. It’s popular in Ayurvedic, Tibetan, and other traditions. Many believe that Himalayan salt offers numerous health benefits and its unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy.
Celtic sea salt
While Celtic sea salt has a greyish hue, it is naturally harvested in Brittany, France, near the Celtic Sea using a 2,000-year-old Celtic method that is crucial to preserving its life-giving nutrition profile.
Is Himalayan Rock Salt better than Celtic Sea Salt?
We are told that Himalayan salt is mined from pure unpolluted mountains of Himalaya from deposits laid down eons ago so it has the best minerals and the less harmful ones such as heavy metals.
According to some reports, Celtic sea salt has a better mineral content and is more balanced, with double the magnesium and one-fifth of the sodium than other salts. Unlike Himalayan sea salt, apparently Celtic salt does not contain pollutants washed down from our civilizations on land. The kind of mercury that Celtic Salt contains helps us to deal with toxic heavy metals, including methyl mercury.
What about pollutants in the sea?
The action of waves in oxygenating seawater and the action of sunlight and marine microorganisms in the sea are known to purify the oceans by breaking down pollutants put into them. Methyl Mercury is degraded by microbes in seawater. The ocean is a fantastic purifier, otherwise, the ocean would have been unable to sustain life. There is something/s in seawater that have not yet been discovered. When scientists put fish in a seawater tank they were fine. When put in water that had been made to copy seawater, combining all the known components of seawater they died.
So, it seems sea salt may be a healthier option than Himalayan. At the end of the day though they are both healthier than table salt.
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