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Saturday 21 February 2015

Liver - Perhaps we should eat it more often !

Great tasting liver and bacon casserole 

"Humans have been eating other animals for hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of years. For this reason, we have been genetically adapted to eating such foods throughout evolution.

However, our hunter gatherer ancestors didn't just eat the muscles of the animals, like most of us do.

No, they ate the organs too. Brain, kidneys, heart, bone marrow, liver and even testicles.

Organs are actually the most nutritious parts of the animal and the most nutritious of them all is the liver.

The liver is a remarkable organ that has hundreds of functions. It also concentrates many key nutrients like iron, B12 and some others. Liver is so nutritious that some people have called it nature’s multivitamin.

A 100 gram (3.5 oz) portion of beef liver contains

6.3 times the RDA for Vitamin A.
2 times the RDA for Riboflavin (B2).
12 times the RDA for Vitamin B12.
7 times the RDA for copper.
It also contains massive amounts of other nutrients like Folate, B3, B5, B6 and others.

If you want to eat like a true hunter-gatherer, then you should eat some organ meats. Just one meal per week with liver will dramatically boost your average intake of many key nutrients.

The fact is us humans adapted to eating plenty of animals, and that includes organ meats like liver. Eating liver once per week will dramatically boost your intake of key nutrients."

Words taken from the excellent Authority Nutrition Blog here

For that tasty liver and bacon casserole recipe look here

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

Bon Bon,liver is not always liked by the famille, non savoir pourquoi?

Merci Justine

elaine said...

I love liver - especially calf liver when I can find it - but lambs does just as well,served with onions, cabbage and mashed potatoes - a filling winter treat.

Lowcarb team member said...

Bonjeur Justine - do hope I've got that right, apologies if not.

I do think many find liver an 'acquired taste'. I suppose a bit like 'Marmite' you either love it or hate it.

We like liver and do our best to include it every week or so. It is also very cheap which can help with family budgets.

Many thanks for taking time to comment.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Elaine and welcome to the blog - it's great to read your comment. Your meal sounds delicious 'a filling winter treat', but I would substitute mashed potatoes with buttery mashed swede....

Great to see you here, thanks.

All the best Jan