Where we are the markets package bones for dogs. We buy prepackaged treats for our two dogs but an interesting thing has shown itself. If we buy them treats they eat them and forget them. If we buy beef bones for them they get the dogs’ complete attention. They work at them, getting the marrow out of them, until it’s all gone. Then they kind of chew on the remaining bones when they have nothing else to do – kind of like watching TV or eating chips.
After a little of this it occurred to me that there may be something special about the marrow in the bones. So, I started looking into marrow and found that it not only does it contain high levels of calories and fat, but there are numerous traditions, from areas where starvation was a problem, of people eating the marrow out of bones in order to survive. As a matter of fact many of the descendents of those people have passed along recipes that are delicious.
A little internet searching found that a lot of groups consider marrow a wonder food. Live Strong, originally part of the Lance Armstrong successes, has this: Beef bone marrow is a traditional ingredient in certain cuisines, such as Vietnamese or French. Beef bone marrow is the fatty and gelatinous matter inside large beef bones. The marrow becomes soft when roasted, and you can spread it on toast, use it in sauces or use it as a garnish. Beef bone marrow is high in certain nutrients, but it is also high in fat, so regular consumption can be dangerous for your health.
A 1/2-ounce serving of beef bone marrow contains 125.59 calories. Because beef bone marrow is so rich and high in fat, a serving is smaller than a serving of other common protein items such as steak or fish.
According to Google there are restaurants that serve marrow. People have asked Google about the advisability of eating it. Their answer includes useful links to other studies. Some of their comments:
Historically, native American hunters would pass up a thin bison carcass, rather than eat lean muscle… or just eat the fatty bits. This is also one reason why BONE MARROW is a very popular food among foragers — a great source of lipids & kcal.
Subsequent analysis shows that hominids may have been collecting ones for their marrow and brain tissue rather than for any meat still
remaining on the surface of the bone (Binford 1987). Marrow and brain are high in fat and protein, but few carnivores have the morphology necessary to break open large long bones.”
Try entering ‘bone marrow recipes’ into your browser and you will find sites like these:
The dogs love it. There is a reason they do.
Here is an interesting thing to try: Next time you have a pork chop or a steak with a bone in it try the marrow if it’s still in the bone. I have. I expect you will find the same thing: The marrow is almost too rich and fatty. If you were in a survival situation a food like that would be a valuable thing.