Blood sausage, full of pork fat and blood, couldn't be further away from the typical superfood. But could it actually be good for you? Experts say it depends.
"Like any red meat, blood sausage is a good source of heme iron," registered dietitian Jacqueline Aizen told Thrillist via email. "Animal sources of protein also contain all your essential amino acids, meaning it's a complete protein."
The main point here is that non-heme iron comes from plants, but requires ascorbic acid or vitamin C for absorption. Likewise, plant-based proteins require "two complimentary sources of protein to make a complete one," as Aizen explained. For example: almond butter and whole wheat bread, or lentils and rice, make complete proteins. But one without the other won't fully absorb. Blood sausage, on the other hand, requires nothing additional to gift you its nutrient elements.