Nature’s Multivitamin: Liver
So why does’t everyone eat liver?!
Funny you ask that. I can say almost without a doubt, it’s because we’ve been ‘trained’ to think these organ meats are ‘yucky’ (Yes, I know I sounded like a 5 year old but I know that’s what you were thinking…) So here are the top arguments I’ve heard regarding liver:
1) Liver filters toxins, so by eating liver you are eat toxins
Answer: WRONG! Liver filters toxins but it does not store toxins. You can read more here. The toxins found in most animals (including you and me) are stored in our body fat. That’s why its so vital to consume grass fed animals.
2) Liver is abundant in Vitamin A and it can be toxic
Answer: Chris Masterjohn did a fantastic job shedding light on the poorly written studies on Vitamin A consumption. (A little hint: Bata carotin isn’t the same as Vitamin A, it’s a precursor that sometimes can be absorbed as Vitamin A, but not always) Find it here.3) Liver is high in Purines and can lead to Gout
Answer: Chris Kresser does a great job at dispelling this myth here
So now that I’ve sufficiently turned your brain to mush with all this liver mumbo-jumbo let’s get down to business. Liver has been regarded by many cultures across many centuries as a superfood. (Natures multivitamin per se?!)At one point it was thought that early man may have consumed mainly organ meats and tossed muscle meat aside for the dogs (what a shame) as well as feeding organ meats to woman to increase fertility.
Liver is pretty inexpensive, as I was able to buy mine fresh from my local farmer at my farmers market for $3.99 a pound. Grass fed to boot! (Note: Only grass fed liver should be consumed to ensure the proper vitamin and mineral content as discussed in this post) Liver is the most natural energy booster I can think of! Ever wonder why all those energy drinks are so popular to give you that rush of energy? Well, besides the sugar and caffeine it’s loaded with B Vitamins! So ditch the garbage and go for the good stuff. You can always have a cup of coffee afterwards. So, as I bring this post to a close, I want to say that my quest started with only seeking out Vitamin D. As you can tell it quickly expanded. I found my answer and much more when it came to Vitamin D but it also came with a bunch of added goodies. What’s not to love about ‘free’ stuff?!
50/50/50 Burgers from The Paleo Mom
Garlicky Cayenne Liver with Herbed Mushrooms and Onions from Worth Every Chew
Let me know your thoughts! Am I totally nuts or have I presented to you a new perspective as to what you thought a vitamin should look like? Thanks for reading and share your thoughts!