I have been making a pate from beef liver (grass fed) mushrooms and onion, and it is delicious! I thought I had bragging rights and was offering to share but my friends and family refuse to even try it because they believe that I am eating the toxins that are stored in the liver. I think they are stored in the fat. A Google search turns up lots of (bogus) ads for liver detox and I haven't been able to find what I am looking for. Can anyone help? Thanks! Wobur
I didn't see any references, but the author is generally pretty good. http://thehealthyskeptic.org/natures-most-potent-superfood
Ok, I did a little research for you on google scholar (the search engine to use to avoid all the nonsense). I found a few interesting studies, but didn't spend much time. He's what I found:
an interesting cross section of articles basically saying that a grass fed, organically raised beef liver is indeed good for you.
If you were eating conventionally raised meat - a definite YES that there are toxins in the liver and fat. Organs are the "processing plants" of the body, so whatever the animal ate that wasn't "clean" gets processed through liver pancreas, brain, etc. and GETS CONCENTRATED.
The best you can do is either make your own from sources you trust to be clean, organic, and grass-fed (not just grass-finished) or imported from France (esp.) as their growing practices more closely align with the natural methods just mentioned.
The toxins in animal liver will not hurt humans when they consume it. Many cultures eat/use the ENTIRE (heart,liver,feet,tongues,eyeballs) animal when it is killed. The organ meats are the finest(most nutrient dense) parts of any animal!
Wouldn't most if not all of the toxic materials from the liver leave the body in fecal matter? If i remember anything from biology class it is that the toxins and waste in your body get expelled from your urine, - such as excess glucose - the nose through mucus, fecal matter and even through your skin. Also i do not personally believe that your body would store toxic materials instead of getting rid of them. If anything the amount of toxins in the liver of a dead animal at any one point should be minimal as to where your immune system should be able to handle it anyway. Not to mention that if the animal is in a fight or flight response, the digestive process stops and any toxins in the liver (by my own speculation) should still go through the chemical reactions that remove the toxins in the liver to another location making the liver have even less toxins. Considering this is the state that most animals go into when they are hunted, Liver in my opinion is a safe food.
Quit lying about this one tiny thing and tell the truth for once in your american lieing life. Lets get someone from the federal government to tell us what's going on. After all, if you can't trust the federal government, who can you trust? (right banksters)
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