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Can one eat too much liver?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 3:55 AM

I saut??ed and ate liver for the very first time today, and I honestly like it very much. I was tempted to eat what was left over for dinner, but I refrained because in all my reading about paleo diets, no one seems to eat liver more than a few times a week.

I wasn't sure if this was due to liver not being considered by many to be as palatable as other meats, or if the vitamin density made liver one of those good things which becomes bad in overconsumption. Anyone have some answers?

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:56 AM

+1. Same for me, exactly.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on May 23, 2012
at 08:12 PM

To piggy-back this question... I ate a half a pound of chicken liver today (it's SO GOOD). If I do that every day, what are my chances of giving myself vitamin A or copper toxicity? How long would it take? Ideally, my body might start rejecting it, but what if it doesn't?

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Shouldn't this read, "DON'T try some polar bear or husky liver..."?

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Yes, listen to your body!

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:45 PM

http://chriskresser.com/rhr-could-copper-zinc-imbalance-be-making-you-sick

9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

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on May 16, 2012
at 02:35 PM

So you want to say that liver from store are ok to eat? IF that's true i might buy them as soon as possible. Is there any evidence in this? The reason i dont want to eat liver from the store is because i was worried that it might contain toxins and other stuff (as it stores toxins). Also they say if you have candida that you should only eat organic meat. So what do you think? Thanks!!!

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I think I remember Ray Peat saying the liver from conventionally raised beef tends to be safer than the beef itself. It removes toxins from the body, but it doesn't store toxins. Also, they inspect the liver in order to determine whether or not the whole animal is fit to eat- so it is very unlikely a really unhealthy liver will show up in stores.

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:59 AM

Copper and Zinc get in each others way. Overdosing one inhibit absorption of the other. Vitamin A, overt toxicity is a possible problem, but again, the wrong ratio with other nutrients is a problem.

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:58 AM

You are right. Conventionally raised beef liver would not be a good thing to eat..

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:57 AM

Have you checked Whole Foods? They usually have grassfed beef liver in the meat/freezer section.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:24 AM

:) i was waiting for someone to mention polar bear or sled dogs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A#Toxicity_from_eating_liver

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:16 AM

:) i was waiting for someone to mention polar bear or the sled dogs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A#Toxicity_from_eating_liver

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:15 AM

:) i was waiting for someone to mention polar bear. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A#Toxicity_from_eating_liver

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:05 AM

Why is copper problematic at high doses? Even retinol is pretty safe depending on the person. My doctor told me he sees a lot of people having problems with retinol toxicity, but when I asked them if those people stuffed themselves with liver he said "OH NO never from food, they used supplements".

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84e018a8934e7b3aceb563ebc08dd644

on May 16, 2012
at 07:08 AM

I find that I automaticly gets put off from eating to much liver. It just doesent taste good after more than 300-400 g. When I havent consumed it for 4-5 days it tastes good again :)

A9007c998e3b924deebbe9ebb98d4db6

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Yes, listen to your body!

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on December 04, 2012
at 12:56 AM

+1. Same for me, exactly.

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on May 21, 2012
at 10:06 PM

If you are comfortable with what you body might be telling you, then the temptation to eat more may be an indication that your body needs more of the nutrients that it found in the liver you ate. Like torgeir posted, you may find there is a point when you don't desire it as much; that is a good point to stop at until you feel like eating it again.

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:21 AM

Hi Steven, these links might be helpful to you:

  1. http://paleohacks.com/questions/85063/is-liver-safe-to-eat-daily#axzz1uzpwL4KW
  2. http://paleohacks.com/questions/104833/vitamin-a-toxicity#axzz1uzpwL4KW
  3. http://paleohacks.com/questions/96085/copper-toxicity-and-organ-meats#axzz1uzpwL4KW
  4. http://paleohacks.com/questions/94512/liver-how-much-and-how-often#axzz1uzpwL4KW

I think that it has more to do with amount than frequency. If you made up a pound of liver and ate it over the span of three days, I would say "it is safe to eat a pound of liver a week" instead of "it is safe to eat liver three times a week." At least, that is my understanding of it. I hear you on liking it. I recently made homemade pate with my liver leftovers and made pate-stuffed hamburgers with the leftovers. It made me eat liver three days in a row, but it was only a pound total for the week.

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543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:44 AM

stick the liver type and serving size in to the NutritionData database to get an approximate idea of the amount of various vitamins & minerals you are getting.
Then you can make up your own mind on how much & how often you want to eat liver as part of your diet.

here's a couple of examples from the database;

Edit: worth a read; Vit A Toxicity (Hypervitaminosis A), tho you would have to go out of your way to do it.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 16, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Copper and Vitamin A are pretty high in liver, both problematic at too high doses.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 16, 2012
at 11:59 AM

Copper and Zinc get in each others way. Overdosing one inhibit absorption of the other. Vitamin A, overt toxicity is a possible problem, but again, the wrong ratio with other nutrients is a problem.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 16, 2012
at 09:05 AM

Why is copper problematic at high doses? Even retinol is pretty safe depending on the person. My doctor told me he sees a lot of people having problems with retinol toxicity, but when I asked them if those people stuffed themselves with liver he said "OH NO never from food, they used supplements".

2e2ad092b5c15a2e119008f6561e864a

(40)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:45 PM

http://chriskresser.com/rhr-could-copper-zinc-imbalance-be-making-you-sick

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5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

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on May 16, 2012
at 04:23 AM

I remember Mark Sisson made the point on his blog that in evolutionary times it would be very unusual to eat liver every day. You'd have to be an extraordinarily successful hunter to manage that. You wouldn't just catch some animal and throw everything away except for the liver.

With that in mind, and because liver is so potent, it may be prudent not to eat it every day.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:43 PM

I would say that "one bite" or even "one nibble" is "too much".

Your mileage may vary. (YMMV) ;)

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9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

on May 16, 2012
at 10:52 AM

I just wanted to ask if liver from the store is safe to eat? OR it's not a good thing because of all the antibiotics etc...

Really kinda hard to find organic meat here but it is possible.

Thanks!!!

9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

(78)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:35 PM

So you want to say that liver from store are ok to eat? IF that's true i might buy them as soon as possible. Is there any evidence in this? The reason i dont want to eat liver from the store is because i was worried that it might contain toxins and other stuff (as it stores toxins). Also they say if you have candida that you should only eat organic meat. So what do you think? Thanks!!!

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:58 AM

You are right. Conventionally raised beef liver would not be a good thing to eat..

92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

(2422)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:57 AM

Have you checked Whole Foods? They usually have grassfed beef liver in the meat/freezer section.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on May 16, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I think I remember Ray Peat saying the liver from conventionally raised beef tends to be safer than the beef itself. It removes toxins from the body, but it doesn't store toxins. Also, they inspect the liver in order to determine whether or not the whole animal is fit to eat- so it is very unlikely a really unhealthy liver will show up in stores.

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92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

on May 16, 2012
at 10:38 AM

Dr Cate Shanahan recommends no more than 0.5 lb of liver per week.

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:51 AM

Try some polar bear or husky liver, just a few bites may be too much. Dangerously so.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on May 16, 2012
at 10:15 AM

:) i was waiting for someone to mention polar bear. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A#Toxicity_from_eating_liver

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:24 AM

:) i was waiting for someone to mention polar bear or sled dogs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A#Toxicity_from_eating_liver

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:16 AM

:) i was waiting for someone to mention polar bear or the sled dogs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A#Toxicity_from_eating_liver

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on May 22, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Shouldn't this read, "DON'T try some polar bear or husky liver..."?

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35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on May 16, 2012
at 07:12 AM

You probably just had a smaller cut of the whole liver. Do not throw it away. I eat liver 3 times a week.

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