A friend forwarded me a quote from a "primal living" (paleo diet) website on bone marrow.
"There’s clearly something special (nutritionally) about bone marrow. Animals go for the marrow, instinctively, for example. Wolves given access to full deer carcasses gravitated toward those bones with “high marrow yields,” taking care to “destroy the epiphyses” where the marrow was most plentiful. When I toss my dog a big smorgasbord of raw bones, organs, and muscle meat, he heads straight for the marrow before anything else, every single time. It goes marrow, liver, heart, muscle meat. It’s interesting to see what the high-powered, raw senses of a nearly obligate carnivore chooses when determining which animal product is best to eat."
The rest of the article is good reading as well, much about nutrient density, fat soluble vitamins, and organ meats.
The "paleo" diet is very popular in certain circles. It is a subset, if you will, of the Weston A. Price principles. Some of their dogmas conflict with WAP principles, however.
You can read about some of the differences here:
The main takeaway here is that I totally agree with this article's intent and the emphasis of marrow as part of a nutrient dense diet. Bone broths are a big part of a nutritious way to eat, can be quite affordable, and it can be used for making sauces, gravies, and for baby formulas.
Find local pasture raised bones ideally if you can.
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