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Is it better to eat conventional chicken livers, or not to eat them at all?

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 4:03 AM
Created March 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

I'm having to look at tightening up our food budget. I'm also wanting to venture into the culinary world of offal/organ meats for the first time. I'm looking at 50p! for 225g chicken livers, versus ??1.22 for 300g free range chicken livers + delivery unless I buy a tonne of other free range meat from same supplier.

This applies across the board, not just the chicken livers I suppose, better to eat conventional meat/offal or not at all?

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259 · March 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I just checked the packaging and its actually 400g in the pack x

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455 · March 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

The "nugget" is in the ribs.....yup nuggets are chicken rib meat mixed with water and food starch, along with some other garbage. See here: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf

Hint: do a search (Ctrl+F) for the term CHICKEN MCNUGGETS

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32518 · March 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Depends on what they feed. 100% grassfed will be fed hay. You have to ask.

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75 · March 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Cool, I wasn't sure if the winter feedings negated the benefits.

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32518 · March 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Definitely OK! http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

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75 · March 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I know our lamb/beef in UK is mainly grass-fed. Is the fat still ok to eat, or is too high in Omega6?

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41452 · March 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

No chickens are given hormones, they grow out faster than their bodies/bones can support as it is.

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39841 · March 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

If you don't and don't take cod liver oil etc. you'd probably need to supplement with preformed vitamin A, especially if you take vitamin D supplements (which you should).

I don't know what chicken farming is like over there, but there's simply no way that it's as questionable as it is in the states, and I'd still eat conventional livers here in a pinch.

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32518 · March 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I'd stick to lamb liver/organs in the UK, if you want a reliably good clean source of offal that is easily available.

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75 · March 12, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Cool, I wasn't sure if the winter feedings negated the benefits.

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75 · March 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I know our lamb/beef in UK is mainly grass-fed. Is the fat still ok to eat, or is too high in Omega6?

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32518 · March 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Definitely OK! http://www.eatwild.com/healthbenefits.htm

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32518 · March 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Depends on what they feed. 100% grassfed will be fed hay. You have to ask.

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259 · March 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM

If you have a Waitrose nearby they sell packs of organic chicken livers for £2.25 - not sure of the weight but guessing around 250g? I love them for breakfast - one pack will last me about 4 servings :)

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259 · March 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I just checked the packaging and its actually 400g in the pack x

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8065 · March 11, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Pastured chicken is way past my budget at about $7-8 per pound. It would cost about $30 to $35 for a whole chicken! Even though I can squeeze 3 to 4 meals out of a single large chicken, I can't justify nearly 30% of my entire week's food budget on one bird. So I buy organic chicken, which is about half that--still quite expensive. Chicken livers, even from pastured chickens, are usually less than $7 per pound, and a pound of chicken livers is a LOT of food--no bones or waste. So I sometimes buy pastured chicken livers when I cannot afford a whole chicken, and if not pastured I try to at least buy organic.

If you can possibly buy at least organic, then go for it, but I would still think you're at least getting some good vitamins and nutrient density even from conventionally raised birds. It's not ideal, but if that's all the budget will allow, it beats chicken nuggets! (Where on the chicken is a "nugget" anyway????).

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455 · March 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

The "nugget" is in the ribs.....yup nuggets are chicken rib meat mixed with water and food starch, along with some other garbage. See here: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf

Hint: do a search (Ctrl+F) for the term CHICKEN MCNUGGETS

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0 · March 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Yeah, over here they're legally forbidden from treating chicken with growth hormones to protect consumers, yet the same government agencies turn right around and not only approve hormones in cattle, but require all non-bght dairy to carry a label stating that 'no significant difference' has been found between hormone-addled and hormone-free dairy. Madness.

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11254 · March 11, 2013 at 4:41 PM

I ate them, and felt pretty good eating them, though I haven't had them in a while. There are some that just look wrong and/or feel wrong- don't eat those. I have thrown away an entire package before because I suspected it was tainted, though most of the time it is the sort of thing where you just throw out the odd looking one.

In the U.S. they say something about not being treated with hormones or something on the label, which I suppose provides some level of comfort.

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41452 · March 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM

No chickens are given hormones, they grow out faster than their bodies/bones can support as it is.

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