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What is a Nose-to-Tail approach and why should we be eating this way?

What is a Nose-to-Tail approach and why should we be eating this way?

Written by our in-house Naturopath, Holistic Nutritionist and Medical Herbalist Em, from Nala Holistic

A modern day nose-to-tail approach to eating is a rediscovery of one of the most nutrient-dense, nourishing, and sustainable ancestral ways of eating.

We tend to be quite disconnected from the source and origins of what we eat. When it comes to meat and animal products we have come to favour muscle meats for their flavour but once being a delicacy due to their extremely dense nutritional value, hunter-gatherers chose organ meats first. 

Whilst we seem to have lost this connection, the Hadza people of Tanzania, a protected indigenous tribe, still living the hunter-gatherer way have not. Hunter gatherers revere organ meats, consuming them before any other part of the animal, as they understand that the organs hold the highest nutrient density. It is said that because of this, the Hadza people have some of the lowest rates of chronic health disease and are considered to have some of the healthiest gut microbiomes.


A nose to tail approach means that the entire animal is consumed, from the muscle meat, to the organs, bone, tendons, and cartilage. And whilst this can be tricky for some to digest (mentally), we must also remember that eating organ meats is not only great for our health by also honours the animal and invites sustainability to the way we eat by reducing waste.

It’s one thing to be sustainable in the way you manufacture, package and ship, but eating nose-to-tail applies a sustainable approach to how and what you eat! By doing so, we remember how to use REAL ingredients to nourish our bodies and AND nurture the earth.



The nutrient content of our food is reflective of the soil it’s grown in and unfortunately, NZ soils are lacking in essential nutrients and minerals needed to maintain our body’s basic biological needs. This is generally due to the re-use of soil with little to no nutrient replenishment, as well as the use of chemical fertilisers (typically nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.. never mind the other 50+).

Arguably, beef liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods that nature has to offer whilst we get behind a whole-food plant-rich diet, if it’s not in the soil, it’s not in your food. This is the very reason why good-quality nutritional, ideally whole-food and highly bioavailable, supplementation has become increasingly important. Freeze dried organ supplements offer all the benefits of eating nose-to-tail, without any of the inconvenience.

Let's take a quick look at the key benefits of Beef Liver, otherwise known as 'Nature's Multivitamin': 

  • Known as ‘nature’s multivitamin’, being a naturally abundant source of bioavailable nutrients. Bioavailable simply means nutrients are in their forms that the body is able to readily absorb and use. 
  • Supports whole wellbeing, energy production, skin health, vision, and immune function
  • Rich in pre-formed/active vitamin A, supporting skin health, vision, and immune function
  • Big dose of B vitamins to support healthy energy levels, cognitive and neurological function, and healthy blood
  • When paired with Spleen, offers all the wonderful co-factors that assist in the uptake and use of heme-iron.



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