For meat lovers.

On March 13, 2013 by maurello

 

 

 

 

 

I thought this was an interesting article.

The Anasazi Indians, builders of the famous cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado, flourished from 650 to 1300 A.D. and then died out “mysteriously.” In the early days of their civilization they had plenty of game, but archaeologists find few animal bones in the trash heaps during the final century or so. Late human skeletal remains show bone deformities, rickets, rampant tooth decay and arthritis in individuals as young as 20 years old. The Anasazi ate corn, beans, pine nuts, yucca, herbs and berries. Their diet contained complete protein, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins including lots of carotene. Their lifestyle gave them abundant exposure to sunlight. But in the final years, the Anasazi lacked animal products, particularly vitamins A and D. They died out and so will we if we eliminate animal fats from the diet.SWF

 

A misconception is that game meat is lean and that primitive peoples therefore had a lowfat diet. Actually, the hunter-gatherer hunted animals selectively. He liked the older male animals, because of their back fat, which could weigh up to 40 or 50 pounds. It is true however, that most game meat is not marbled like beet and lamb and can be tough. This can be overcome with proper preparation. Game should “hang” or be aged for as long as possible in a cool dry place to allow good air flow. Cathepsin, an natural enzyme in the meat begins to break down the muscle fibers. Before cooking the meat should be marinated for at least several hours even up to 48 hours.   Don’t over cook and you should have a very flavorful and tender dish. You can add cream sauces to compensate for the leanness of the meat.

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