Most people will turn their noses up at the suggestion of eating liver. What used to be a staple in many Western cultures has fallen out of favor in recent generations. However, liver is actually incredibly healthy, and also quite affordable.
It’s coming back in fashion among foodies and health nuts, and for good reason. It’s packed with nutrients and vitamins, and, if you can find a way to prepare it that you enjoy, it is a great staple to add to a health-minded diet.
Here are some of the many reasons to integrate liver into your diet:
Protein: liver is an excellent source of protein. 3 oz of beef liver, for example, has 22 grams of protein.
Vitamin A: this crucial vitamin is difficult to find from other food sources, but that same 3 oz helping of liver has a whopping 305% of our daily vitamin A requirement. You simply cannot beat that with any other food source.
Potassium: potassium is really important for overall health, including heart health, circulation, support of the nervous system, and keeping hydrated
Vitamin B: liver is packed with this commonly overlooked, incredibly healthy vitamin, particularly B12, which many people are actually deficient of. It boosts energy levels, supports red blood cells, and improves nervous function.
Iron: there is a highly usable form of iron found in liver, and lots of it. It’s very important to get enough iron, especially for women, and liver is a great source.
Be wary when you purchase liver, though, since it’s an organ, you’ll want to make sure you can get a clean source. Even if you can’t get grass-fed and/or organic, which is preferable, choosing liver from cows or chickens that have not been given antibiotics or hormones is much better than conventional.
As for how to prepare liver, don’t worry! You don’t have to eat onions and liver all the time (unless you’d like to, of course!). There are many ways to feature it in your cooking more without having to eat it straight. Pate is a delicious way to eat it, and you can make it yourself at home cheaply and easily. It’s also packed with really great sources of fat! We’ve got a recipe coming up for that, so keep an eye out.
You can also sneak it in stir-frys, diced and mix in with veggies, or puree and add in with any ground meat you cook. You can even dehydrate that and make your own supplement!
Gross to many but incredibly nutritious, don’t hesitate to grab some liver next time you’re shopping for meat!
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