Why is My Suet Yellow? Carotenoids!

Does your raw beef suet have a different ✨yellowish tint✨ than the normal, white suet…? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don’t be spooked! 👻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The yellowish hue is actually desirable. It’s a sign that the cattle 🐂 have had a significant source of carotenoids in their diet, common for cattle grazing on pastures of fresh grass 🌱 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Carotenoids are a class of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants. They help clear free radicals, lower inflammation, benefit the immune system, & are converted by the body into a significant source of Vit A. ⠀⠀

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Foods highest in carotenoids include yams 🍠, kale, spinach, melons, tomatoes, carrots… aka foods we ain’t got on this plate 🙅🏻‍♀️ Nuh uh. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Let’s be clear, we do not see plants as significant or unique sources of nutrients, nor do we think they have “phytonutrient” super powers. But, if the potential carotenoid benefits could potentially be stored in the fat of an animal that has foraged on high carotenoid foods, then passed from that cattle to us via eating the suet… that’d be pretty sweet. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After all, carotenoids need to be consumed WITH fats in order for the body to absorb them. We haven’t actually seen any research on this, but it’s a cool hypothesis and makes us just a tad bit more obsessed w/ our beloved suet (if that’s even possible).

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now view above, we call this a fat sandwich!

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❗️From left to right❗️ • Raw iberico pork fat • Shredded beef cheek • Lightly seared chuck steak • Raw duck egg yolk ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • Raw beef suet, pretty yellow ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The iberico pork fat, beef cheek, & pretty yellow suet are all from White Oak Pastures. If you're looking for a great place to source the best grass fed and grass finished meat, check out White Oak Pastures, an incredible regenerative farm in Bluffton, GA who ships to all of the US. Use our code "strongsistas" at checkout to let them know who sent you! Thank you in advance!