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    I am trying to "pay it forward" and talk about liver, be it beef or cod, to others about the great nutrition tied to organ meat.
    How do I explain liver being so good and nutritious when it is known as the "filter" in an animal and is thought of as being full of whatever "junk" is filtered out of the animal in question...

    Thanks of any input..

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  • #2
    its a biochemical filter......not a strainer.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Duckmanfoo View Post
      I am trying to "pay it forward" and talk about liver, be it beef or cod, to others about the great nutrition tied to organ meat.
      How do I explain liver being so good and nutritious when it is known as the "filter" in an animal and is thought of as being full of whatever "junk" is filtered out of the animal in question...

      Thanks of any input..

      D
      Ive always thought about this too! I often wonder why organic liver and kidney is never in supermarkets even though organic meats are!
      I'm not a complete idiot! There's parts missing!!

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      • #4
        The stuff that is filtered out by the liver is not stored in the liver. It is either excreted or stored in fat.

        The coolest thing I have read about liver was a study done on rats. Rats were given normal rat food, rat food supplemented with all the B vitamins found in liver, or rat food plus actual liver (isolcaloric). The stamina of the rats was then tested by seeing how long they could swim. The rats given the food or food plus vitamins swam around 13 minutes. The rats fed the liver were able to swim at least an hour. Some were still swimming 2 hours later when they ended the study! Amazing stuff - at least for rats

        The Anti-Fatigue Value of Liver
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rattybag View Post
          Ive always thought about this too! I often wonder why organic liver and kidney is never in supermarkets even though organic meats are!
          Because it is nasty....
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rattybag View Post
            Ive always thought about this too! I often wonder why organic liver and kidney is never in supermarkets even though organic meats are!
            I've seen it here, surprised they don't have it over there. It's sometimes already frozen, so maybe check there or ask the butcher.
            I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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            • #7
              Both of these posts make the point that liver is about as nutrient-dense as it gets:

              Nutrition Density Challenge: Fruit vs. Beef Liver | Free The Animal
              Liver: nature's most potent superfood

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              • #8
                Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
                Both of these posts make the point that liver is about as nutrient-dense as it gets:

                Nutrition Density Challenge: Fruit vs. Beef Liver | Free The Animal
                Liver: nature's most potent superfood
                Great posts. Thanks.

                I hate liver but force myself to eat it anyway or take the liver pills. This looks worthy of a try though...

                Beef and Chicken Liver Pâté | Free The Animal
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jammies View Post
                  The stuff that is filtered out by the liver is not stored in the liver. It is either excreted or stored in fat.

                  The coolest thing I have read about liver was a study done on rats. Rats were given normal rat food, rat food supplemented with all the B vitamins found in liver, or rat food plus actual liver (isolcaloric). The stamina of the rats was then tested by seeing how long they could swim. The rats given the food or food plus vitamins swam around 13 minutes. The rats fed the liver were able to swim at least an hour. Some were still swimming 2 hours later when they ended the study! Amazing stuff - at least for rats

                  The Anti-Fatigue Value of Liver
                  Thanks for pointing out that study. I know it's anecdotal, but I had a friend give me a pound of bison liver, which I cooked up and ate at lunchtime at work throughout a week. Even after doing my normal reps, I decided I felt too good not to go for a personal record, which I did by 40 pounds. I wondered at the time if the liver played a part, and now I'm somewhat convinced.
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                  • #10
                    Liver and other organ meats have so many nutrients which plain muscle meat doesn't contain... It's the best available source (and easiest absorbable to humans) of all the important B-vitamins (especially B12), copper, vitamin A, C, D, iron and trace minerals.
                    Eating plain meat without ever eating organs is like eating the proteinrich egg whites but leaving out the healthy yolk!

                    Originally posted by Rattybag View Post
                    Ive always thought about this too! I often wonder why organic liver and kidney is never in supermarkets even though organic meats are!
                    I also wonder why organic organs are so seldom in the stores here - even in the freezer section. Maybe because they use it all for liver patés, which we actually eat a lot in Denmark (on bread). I have no idea, but maybe also because not enough people would buy it?
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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the follow up!!!

                      Biochemcial filter, not a strainer....

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                      • #12
                        Is regular liver acceptable? I buy the skylark brand which I'm pretty sure is conventional. I have 4oz 3-4 days a week.
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                        • #13
                          Rabbit liver... pretty much the be all and end all of teh NOM!

                          I just wish I had access to MORE of it.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MightyMouse View Post
                            Is regular liver acceptable? I buy the skylark brand which I'm pretty sure is conventional. I have 4oz 3-4 days a week.
                            You should do whatever you can not to eat meat products that come from the industrial food chain/feedlot system. That includes almost all store bought beef, pork and chicken. Check out westonprice.org or eatwild.com for a local farmer near you.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MightyMouse View Post
                              Is regular liver acceptable? I buy the skylark brand which I'm pretty sure is conventional. I have 4oz 3-4 days a week.
                              It might be a bit much given the high Vit A content but I figure if you're coming from years of deficiency you could probably eat that amount for awhile before you start getting too much. You may want to taper it back to just 1-2 servings of liver over time. I go in spurts where I'll eat it once a week or every other week and then I'll just crave it and go nuts and eat a pound in a few days.

                              I know everyone suggests getting grass fed beef but that isn't always feasible. I split the difference and eat calf liver mostly. I figure they haven't been alive long enough to build up much toxins and what not like adult cattle.

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