Whenever my wife serves a meat dish, my daughters immediately grab the bones (if there are any) and start trying to dig out the marrow, which they seem to enjoy more than the meat itself. Well, go figure. Marrow is full of fat and other nutrients. In hunter-gatherer societies, it was a prized food, as were the brains and other fatty organs.
That’s one of the mistakes modern nutritionists made when they decided our Paleolithic ancestors lived on low-fat diets. Yes, it’s true, the wild animals back then didn’t have as much fat in their muscles as the animals we raise today. But early humans didn’t just eat the muscles. They ate nearly the entire animal — and they often ate the fattiest parts first. Here’s what Dr. Weston A. Price, the author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration had to say on the topic:
I found the Indians putting great emphasis upon the eating of the organs of the animals, including the wall of parts of the digestive tract. Much of the muscle meat of the animals was fed to the dogs. It is important that skeletons are rarely found where large game animals have been slaughtered by the Indians of the North. The skeletal remains are found as piles of finely broken bone chips or splinters that have been cracked up to obtain as much as possible of the marrow and nutritive qualities of the bones. These Indians obtain their fat-soluble vitamins and also most of their minerals from the organs of the animals. An important part of the nutrition of the children consisted in various preparations of bone marrow, both as a substitute for milk and as a special dietary ration.
Now, my girls aren’t Indians (they’re frequently wild, but that’s another topic), but they do know the good stuff when they taste it. After watching them desperately trying to poke every last bit of marrow out of small steak bones on several occasions, my wife decided to go ahead and pick up some large marrow bones, which she cooked up as part of a beef stew. (Delicious, by the way). Then she gave the marrow bones to the girls. Below is the result. Enjoy — they did.
p.s. – I know some of you who subscribe to the YouTube channel received multiple notices that a new video was uploaded and tried to leave comments. Sorry … for some reason, YouTube kept taking my 16×9 video and squeezing it into 3×4, which made the girls look like stick figures. I had to keep deleting and trying different output formats.