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Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
« on: 11 March, 2018, 08:03:18 PM »
I must admit...I once ate calves' brains.  Enjoyed them too. Must have been in in the early 1980s in a Soho restaurant. The calves' brain was delicately fried in lemon and butter. I thought brains tasted pretty good fried in butter.

But, now I am not so sure. Are brains good for us or are they not? Do brains contain things we really need to eat, such gallons of as omega 3 fatty acids and polyunsaturated thingies? Or are they nutritionally a minefield?

Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
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Re: Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
« Reply #1 on: 12 March, 2018, 04:57:23 PM »
The reason they were removed from menus is the fear of CJD (mad cow disease), but they have been part of European diets for thousands of years without concern, so I'd say they are probably safe when they come from cows without CJD.

That doesn't mean that I'd eat them...

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Re: Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
« Reply #2 on: 12 March, 2018, 07:06:07 PM »
They're high in cholesterol but I can't remember if it's good cholesterol . Everybody needs cholesterol though of course it needs to be in moderation .
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Re: Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
« Reply #3 on: 13 March, 2018, 10:34:17 AM »
They're super-high in cholesterol, which is not that good. They also have a pile of omega-3 fatty-acids, which are good.

The bit you have to be wary of is prion diseases, which can be present in any mammal brain - e.g. BSE/Mad-cow leading to CJD, Kuru. Prion diseases are caused by "mis-folded proteins", which is a different disease vector from bacteria & virii. When these go into an organism, they can cause the organisms proteins to mis-fold, and from then a gradual degeneration of the body/mind. Somewhat unnervingly, even proper cooking of the brain doesn't necessarily help...

It's not clear to me how prions are originally formed...

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Re: Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
« Reply #4 on: 16 May, 2018, 12:50:40 PM »
They're super-high in cholesterol, which is not that good. They also have a pile of omega-3 fatty-acids, which are good.

The bit you have to be wary of is prion diseases, which can be present in any mammal brain - e.g. BSE/Mad-cow leading to CJD, Kuru. Prion diseases are caused by "mis-folded proteins", which is a different disease vector from bacteria & virii. When these go into an organism, they can cause the organisms proteins to mis-fold, and from then a gradual degeneration of the body/mind. Somewhat unnervingly, even proper cooking of the brain doesn't necessarily help...

It's not clear to me how prions are originally formed...

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But back to your fine answer...while I wasn't actually planning on eating brains, your answer has totally put me off the idea of even considering eating brains.

Prion diseases? Wooo. Not for me. "Mis-folded proteins"? Holy mackerel! I've got hundreds of far better things to eat in my recipe books.

I confess I did (once) eat brains in an Italian restaurant in Soho over 30 years ago and I haven't had any side effects yet (although my friends will probably beg to differ). Twitch twitch.

I remember that one time I did tuck into brains they were very very tasty, soft and heavenly especially when done Italian-style in breadcrumbs with a hint of garlic and sage. Never again though!

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Re: Are brains healthy to eat? Or not?
« Reply #5 on: 28 May, 2018, 08:33:15 PM »

Bleuurgh!
  Believe it or not last week I saw a woman on a TV cookery programme actually feeding brains to her kids! She said that her kids absolutely loved eating brains the way she cooked them with a poncey Italian sauce.

I say too bad she hadn't read Siasl's earlier answer.
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