If the liver acts as a detoxification organ in animals, then does consuming living increase our consumption of toxins? I live on an Army base in Korea and the liver at the commissary is not organic or from pastured animals, and I have NO CLUE how the animals are raised for the livers in Korean markets, nor would it be easy to find out.
No the liver does not "store" toxins, so like said before if you would eat the animal you can and IMO should eat the liver.
My advice however differs in that I believe if you are going to eat any part it should be the liver. If you are trying to avoid the toxins in unknown quality of meat that you are none to sure about why not go for the portion the has the highest nutritional punch/ounce? Most nutrients/ounce and same amount of toxins/ounce = equals less ounces needed for said nutrients lowering the toxic load :). Then you can subsist on whatever else you like to get the rest of your day to day calories.
After you get your good dose of liver every week the other option is to go for only lean cuts and get your healthy fats elsewhere.
Personally I eat about a pound of liver every week in a variety of forms and dishes. First winter doing this AND first winter I have not had a hint of a cold/flu.....not even a sniffle (knock on wood). I know pure anecdotal, but I truly have a greater appreciation of the energy boost and health benefits that including liver offers. And NO hint of hypervitaminosis, which I suspect the dangers of are greatly exaggerated for moderate consumption.
there's an interesting article from Mark about this issue. (Unfortunately his page is currently not available).
It turns out that liver is rather the body's "chemical plant", not so much a "filter for toxins". However, if the whole animal is polluted the liver is no exception. In other words: If you would eat the meat from those animals, there's no point about avoiding the liver.
Anyway, our ancestors didn't eat liver frequently, after all there's only one liver per animal. (And consuming too much of it may lead to hypervitaminosis A. Especially if it's a polar bear you've just knocked down ;) )
I'd suggest you don't make it a staple, but now and then (or if you find a source of grass-fed liver) it's absolutely okay.
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