What on earth is in chicken livers to cause an intolerance? I am having great success on paleo (4 weeks in now) and am doing it Leptin Reset style. Have tried chicken livers several times over last few weeks for my BAB and each time end up feeling really tired for a good few hours after - not a classic allergy, but just really exhausted and heavy feeling. Is there a component of liver that could cause that? Do you think it could be because they weren't organic? (trying to use up stuff from pre-paleo days)
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on March 19, 2012
at 07:09 AM
You could look into histamine intolerance. Chicken livers are generally considered higher in histamine compared to most other fresh meats. Have you noticed a similar reaction to anything else like fermented foods or tinned fish? If so, it would point in that direction.
Vitamin A and copper could be an issue as well if you are supplementing either of those in addition to eating chicken livers, but this doesn't seem likelyl. You mentioned you are doing this for your huge protein breakfast, so perhaps you are just eating too much of an incredibly nutritionally dense food which isn' really comparable to straight muscle meat. It is possible to get too much of a good thing (i.e. polar bear liver). I can't eat more than a few chicken livers in one sitting, and usually downgrade prtions when I'm eating organ meats. Very rich stuff, I just don't ever crave more than a little. My only other idea is that the chicken livers, if they were from the same batch, had gone bad or were cooked too rare (probably a bad idea with factory farm chicken).
on March 19, 2012
at 09:42 AM
It's possible that you react to the gluten or soy the chickens have eaten. I get really tired when I eat meat and eggs from soy-fed chickens.
It's no problem to get soy free meat/eggs, but to avoid even traces of gluten is really difficult, since even pastured chickens usually have a lot of grains in their diet.
on March 21, 2015
at 12:18 AM
I started eating chicken livers a few weeks ago as a snack, maybe one or two every few days. A few days agao I noticed after eating 3 of them that I developed symptoms I associate with low blood sugar - hunger, dizziness, vision disturbances, low energy, and nausea. I ate some good food and rested and the symptoms passed. Today I had 2 livers in the morning on a close to empty stomach and within an hour the same symptoms started up. I also get a niacin-like flush reaction when I eat chicken or turkey and this was present this morning too. So now I am more convinced it is the liver as I rarely have these symptoms, having cut out most sugar and grain from my diet. So I am researching this which brought me here. In the past I would only occasionally eat one liver if it came with the chicken. I will avoid liver for now.
on March 20, 2012
at 03:16 PM
Jeannine, how much liver do you eat at a meal? And are the livers from chickens that roam around and eat bugs, or are the livers from chickens which are fed grains and "mystery foods" and given all sorts of antibiotics and who knows what? I really notice a difference in how I feel if the liver is from pastured chickens.
Do you get the same reaction to beef or veal liver?
I like to eat an ounce of liver at a time, or just a tiny bit more, several days a week. I eat egg yolks, beef bacon, or cheese to fill out the protein amounts for the meal.