A man who found fame eating raw bull testicles online has revealed that his 14-month-old son absolutely loves uncooked meat too.
Pauly Long, 31, discovered he was going to be a dad in October 2021, six months before realising he enjoyed the taste of raw meat following ‘kind of a joke slash experiment’.
What began as a challenge to eat testicles became a mealtime staple for the dad, who claims to have eaten every part of an animal.
For some time Pauly ate a solely carnivore diet, though he now has a more varied outlook, introducing his son to a wide selection of largely whole foods – includingcooked liver at five months old, which was his first solid food.
Pauly, from Pennsylvania, said: ‘I think babies have a natural sense of knowing what’s good with food.
‘The first thing my son tried raw was liver and that was when he was about a year old. He then tried raw testicle a few months ago. He loves it. It’s actually one of his favourite things.
‘He’s not talking yet, but when he wants something he points at it.
‘I don’t force raw meat on him. I’ve never forced anything on my kid, and I never will. I let him figure it out.’
According to Pauly, there are ‘a lot of pros and cons’ to a raw meat diet, but he finds it has has ‘a really good effect on [him]’ over the years.
He said: ‘The cons are more mental than anything. I think it’s really healthy for you. I love food, and sometimes I crave a nice cooked burger.
Pauly, who now lives in Bali, Indonesia with his wife and son, claims that he did extensive research into the risks of eating raw meat before eating it himself and giving it to his son.
He added: ‘I did my research – I made sure I was very, very confident with my decision before letting my son eat raw meat. This was not an experiment with him.
‘A really common myth about consuming raw meat that everyone thinks is that it’s going to make you sick and give you salmonella.
‘It’s very unlikely actually because most raw meat has very active enzymes in it, which are really good for your body. You lose a lot of those in the cooking process.
‘What I’ve learned is that if you get your raw meat from a quality source and it’s preserved properly, 99% of the time you’re fine.’
Although Pauly had food poisoning around three times last year, he said it was ‘always from restaurants’, and that his son has never experienced health problems as a result of consuming raw meat.
‘It’s been months since my son first tried raw testicle and raw liver, and he’s never had any issues,’ he said. In fact, the first time he had raw testicle, he slept really good that night too, which I thought was pretty cool.’
However, Pauly’s wife wasn’t so keen on the idea of feeding their baby this unique diet at first.
He said: ‘She was a major sceptic about it. I actually wanted to start him on this stuff earlier. But she would not let me – it was a “happy wife, happy life” type situation, so we waited a little longer.
‘When he first tried liver, it was because he saw me eating it. I was sitting there eating it, and he would not back down. So I said, “Here you go,” and he just ate it right up. Then he asked for more and more.’
Pauly’s son is now enjoying a diet that includes steak, raw milk, and chicken drumsticks, and the proud dad admitted that his son is growing very fast.
The full-time content creator continued: ‘He’s tall. He’s much bigger than other kids his age.
‘He’s just a little machine and he’s always hungry. He will walk over to the fridge, tell us to open it, and then he points to all the fruit on the on the bottom shelf.
‘If I take a steak out and he sees it, he’ll chirp for some.’
It’s important to Pauly that his son isn’t fed ‘junk food’, as he believes his diet of ‘chicken nuggets and all that’ as a child negatively affected him.
‘I think it had a lot of long term health effects on my body. I don’t want to see my kid have to deal with that,’ he said.
‘My dad would feed me junk, but then also try to make me eat healthy, and I never wanted to.’
Pauly knows that when his son gets older, he’ll be making his own decisions over what to eat, but says he’s ‘not worried’ about him becoming vegan or vegetarian because ‘he likes steak too much.’
Regarding feeding toddlers raw meat, Dr. Lawrence Cunningham from UK Care Guide commented: ‘Feeding raw meat to toddlers is not recommended due to the significant health risks involved.
‘Infants have sensitive and developing digestive systems that may not effectively handle raw foods, especially meats.
‘In addition, consuming raw meat can expose infants to harmful bacteria, leading to potential foodborne illnesses. It’s always best to thoroughly cook meats to ensure they are safe for babies to consume.
‘Whilst meat has usually been introduced by this point, raw meat hasn’t. The risks I outlined, particularly around choking and bacteria, still exist, so on balance, I’d still recommend waiting until they are older.’
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