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Liver vs bone broth: which is better?

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Updated October 23, 2014 at 4:24 AM
Created June 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Which do you think has more nutritional density?

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41452 · June 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I think there's a topic around here on that talk, I critisize him for making dumb comparisons between foods.

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10994 · June 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I think the reason behind possibly controlling for calories is that people will usually only eat so many calories per day, so if something is very dense in nutrients and calories you might not be able to eat as much of it as something that is dense in nutrients but not calories for most people.

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10994 · June 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Yep, Mat Lalonde indeed, the speech is here.

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26182 · June 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It doesn't make sense to compare nutrients on energy density. Nutrients do not store energy, the macros are where energy in food is. so then you bias every conversation to 1g pure fat has more energy density than 1g of any other food.

This is a silly over simplification.

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41452 · June 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Mat Lelonde's talk?

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10994 · June 25, 2014 at 3:42 AM

There was a presentation I watched on the nutrition density of food and it showed that grains, specifically flours are some of the most nutritionally dense foods available. The reason was because they are void of water and often fortified. When he controlled for nutrients per calorie or per weight the results significantly changed.

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26182 · June 25, 2014 at 1:50 AM

nutrient density is the amount of nutrients you get per kg. Water would have a nutrient density of 0. You could argue that a product's water content is an inverse measure of nutrient density. Bone broth is extremely UN- "nutrient dense". So therefor it is liver.

Although I would eliminate liver from my diet before bone broth.

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26182 · June 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM

It doesn't make sense to compare nutrients on energy density. Nutrients do not store energy, the macros are where energy in food is. so then you bias every conversation to 1g pure fat has more energy density than 1g of any other food.

This is a silly over simplification.

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10994 · June 25, 2014 at 3:42 AM

There was a presentation I watched on the nutrition density of food and it showed that grains, specifically flours are some of the most nutritionally dense foods available. The reason was because they are void of water and often fortified. When he controlled for nutrients per calorie or per weight the results significantly changed.

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8065 · June 25, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Liver is more nutrient dense, to be sure, but that doesn't mean you should choose liver over broth. I think both are important, for different reasons.

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598 · June 24, 2014 at 8:55 PM

If pressed: liver is "better"

But really it depends on the rest of your diet. If you're already getting what liver offers, bone broth could have a greater impact on your health and quality of life.

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0 · June 24, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Essentially I think you'll get the most profit from consuming liver, else you'll be losing all the extraordinary fat solvent vitamins unless obviously you utilize the fat from your stock, admittingly I dispose of the majority of it.

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10994 · June 19, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Liver definitely has more nutritional density than bone broth. Liver is chock full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients while bone broth is mostly water with a low concentration of minerals.

One isn't necessarily better than the other though, bone broth is better if you're dehydrated and liver would be better if you were otherwise lacking minerals/vitamins in your diet. Too much liver could be bad too, specifically because of the vitamin A.

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