very interesting, and goes along with my tail-to-snout vision of cooking. look at the last few paragraphs about carnitine. yikes!
The Zombie Diet
by TC – 4/26/2013
The clues have been there all along. It’s not like they were staring us in the face, but they surely didn’t need any CSI-level sleuthing to unearth them.
All you had to do was look here and there and connect the nutritional dots, and that’s what science writer Mary Roach did in her book, Gulp.
Her first clue was a rather bizarre one. It popped up in a relatively obscure report done in 1973 by the Center for Science and Public Interest (CSPI). The CSPI had taken 36 protein-rich foods and ranked them according to nutritional value.
There, ranked above such foods as shrimp, ham, sirloin steak, peanut butter, fried chicken, and pure-beef hotdogs, was Alpo.
Yeah, that Alpo – the dog food.
The CSPI put it on their list because they’d heard widespread reports that poor people ate a lot of Alpo because of it’s low-cost, at least when you compared its cost to some of the other protein foods on the list.
But Alpo, a nutritional super star for humans? What in the dog slurping, meaty-fresh canine world of cuisine was going on?
All you had to do was look at the top of the nutritional list to get the answer. There, ranked number one by a hefty margin was beef liver, followed closely by chicken liver.
Clearly, liver had something going on, nutritionally, and if you read the list of ingredients on Alpo, you see that it contains beef liver, hence the dog food’s relatively high standing on the CSPI’s list.
But let’s metaphorically stick liver in our pocket for the moment. (I say “metaphorically” so that any sick Alex Portnoy copycats aren’t tempted to do as he did, which was to purchase a slab of liver at the butcher shop, smuggle it behind a billboard, and bugger it before heading to his bar mitzvah lesson.)