|Barked: Sun Nov 4, '12 1:29am PST |
|Sweetbreads are pancreas and/or thymus glands. Definitely NOT worthless, but also not needed in huge amounts. Do you follow a "prey model"? Think about that prey model now that you've got access to these things. The liver is huge, kidneys significant, and sweetbreads much less so volume-wise, but everything has it's place. Sweetbreads are largely fat nutritionally. While some items may not be crucial to health, including certain organs in certain amounts isn't bad. I, personally, got a case of sweetbreads from my raw feeding buyers group a couple years ago and there were definitely a lot more fatty glands going around than present in natural amounts in the average prey animal over 2 or 3 months.
If you're a proponent of the "prey model", that model shows you that liver is big, kidneys too. Though air-filled and nutritionally not-so-much there is lung, then there's spleen, brains, reproductive organs and sweetbreads. Then there's all the gushy mushy goodness that comprises lymphatic tissue and otherwise.
Expanding your repertoire of meat types when it comes to sourcing organs is a good thing, as each is relatively high and low in certain nutrients, especially when it comes to poultry vs. red meat, young vs. old, etc.
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