1

votes

corn fed liver vs grass fed liver

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM

i know the quality and nutrition of grass fed the meat and liver will be greater, but should I avoid liver from conventionally raised animals?

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

(1663)

on May 08, 2013
at 02:36 AM

I have never, ever heard of veins in liver.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:27 AM

And no matter the nutritional profile of grass v corn; corn is terrible for them, not a natural food, makes them sick given enough time, and thus isn't desirable no matter how nice and fat it makes them. We don't want it.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:24 AM

I didn't down vote you and I don't think candy is any worse than other stuff commercial cattle eat, but they are, in some cases, eating candy.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:22 AM

http://www.ktvq.com/mobile/news/cash-strapped-farmers-feed-candy-to-cows/

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:21 AM

http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=170bb8c0-e0ab-4180-9d68-fa427f21ac3b

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:20 AM

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/corn-prices-rise-farmers-add-candy-cows-feed

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:20 AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/08/21/cows-fed-candy-drought_n_1819366.html

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:19 AM

http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/10/news/economy/farmers-cows-candy-feed/index.html

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:16 AM

If you didn't de-vein your liver, that could be the 'scar tissue.' The veins are tough, chewy, and indelible. I always have to de-vein beef liver. Chicken livers are small enough it doesn't matter.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on November 15, 2012
at 07:04 AM

+1 for crazy laughter

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 24, 2012
at 08:26 PM

My point is mentioned below: http://paleohacks.com/questions/154609/corn-fed-liver-vs-grass-fed-liver/157725#157725 I think there is too much hysteria about the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 24, 2012
at 06:08 PM

What's your point? (Making one is generally a good idea.)

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Telling the Grass-Fed Beef Story: http://extension.psu.edu/animals/beef/production/telling-the-grass-fed-beef-story

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:18 PM

To those who downvoted my answer: please provide scientific research-based arguments and proofs that grass-fed meat is way better for modern human than corn-fed and that corn-fed meat should be avoided at all cost.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on October 10, 2012
at 07:12 PM

The price difference between grass and grain fed organ meat is basically neglible. Liver is not really considered a "great tasting" dish and if not for the health benefit most would not consume it. I don't find myself craving liver. With all of that being said, why would you pay for something that is inferior nutritionally and from a sick animal when price is very close? Is liver from a grain fed animal better than a lot of things that could be eaten? Absolutely. Can you get a LOT more nutritional bang for your buck with grass fed? Absolutely.

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on October 10, 2012
at 12:01 PM

how so? this is not a very constuctive anwser.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on October 10, 2012
at 05:31 AM

Funny you asked this because I called Whole Foods ordering 4 lbs of GRASS-FED beef liver and when I got there, the package said plain liver. Now I'm paranoid they gave me non-grass-fed liver. BLAAGH.

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

10 Answers

3
74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on November 15, 2012
at 04:06 AM

I'll tell you the main difference between conventional liver and grass-fed.

Are you ready?

Srsly?

SCAR TISSUE.

Yep. Goddamn scar tissue.

On two separate occasions, eating liver from two totally different grocery stores, I encountered stringy, sinewy STUFF in my conventional liver. It was un-edible, completely disgusting and ruined a perfectly food meal.

I discussed this with a grass-fed farmer who told me this was probably scar tissue. Cows aren't meant to eat corn, but doing so damages their liver, causing said scar tissue. GROSS RIGHT?!

Ok, now that the really gross part is over, I'll tell you the other main diff:

Flavour.

I've found conventional liver to be really LIVER-Y.

Grass-fed is much milder and pleasant tasting.

Offal shouldn't be awful. Get it? BAHAHA! Oy.

5bac45c78a2be60bc17fc2084a0f5d43

(259)

on November 15, 2012
at 07:04 AM

+1 for crazy laughter

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:16 AM

If you didn't de-vein your liver, that could be the 'scar tissue.' The veins are tough, chewy, and indelible. I always have to de-vein beef liver. Chicken livers are small enough it doesn't matter.

74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

(1663)

on May 08, 2013
at 02:36 AM

I have never, ever heard of veins in liver.

1
B6c16d850e7305aad0507ad079ecf1d4

(232)

on November 04, 2012
at 01:56 AM

Liver filters toxins, so it might be more important that liver in particular comes from a safe source.

1
96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19483)

on October 24, 2012
at 10:40 AM

Except that they're not just corn fed anymore. Soy and corn are the least the worries. Chicken excrement, feathers, expired candy bars (with the wrappers) and all sorts of other nasty stuff has been fed to these poor cattle. I don't think they still feed them rendered cow carcases anymore, but who knows what stuff they feed them now.

Stick to grassfed and finished, you'll be happier and healthier, and plus you'll vote with your dollars against bad practices and for good ones.

0
90ad0a675d91ef208d1cffac39b7fa21

on December 21, 2012
at 02:06 AM

http://www.nutritionj.com/content/9/1/10

Scroll to the bottom and read the conclusion.

Grass Fed Beef has higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, fat and water soluble vitamins, with fewer calories, fat, and cholesterol than conventionally raised beef fed GENETICALLY MODIFIED corn and soy.

0
489d6842b84b920fabcb9eeb83783c91

on October 24, 2012
at 01:35 PM

yes, there is documented evidence that the nutritional deficiencies of corn-fed liver:

  • tend to turn people into psychopaths, and
  • cause an insatiable desire to consume chianti.

it's important to note that folks named hannibal tend to be more susceptible to the above mentioned effects, because they also tend to resort to more creative sources of liver.

all joking aside, while 100% grass-fed will be most optimal from a nutritional perspective, access to 100% grass-fed may be limited (e.g. depending on where you live or budget considerations). if you can't have 100% grass-fed all the time, just make sure that it is from a "high quality" meat provider (starting with grass-fed / grain finished on down), it won't kill you and it's better than not having any at all. veal is another good option.

personally, i mix it up a bit 100% grass-fed beef, high-quality water fowl liver, and beef liverwurst or sausages (to add other organs in a more palatable way). hmmm sweetbreads.

0
32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:10 PM

Is it inferior to grass-fed nutritionally? Yes.

Should you avoid it altogether? No.

Is it optimal? No, but sometimes optimality needs to be balanced with other factors, those factors are completely individual. It's your choice to consume it or not, the internet rabble (myself included) is not the end all to what is the correct way to eat or not.

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Telling the Grass-Fed Beef Story: http://extension.psu.edu/animals/beef/production/telling-the-grass-fed-beef-story

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on October 24, 2012
at 06:08 PM

What's your point? (Making one is generally a good idea.)

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 24, 2012
at 08:26 PM

My point is mentioned below: http://paleohacks.com/questions/154609/corn-fed-liver-vs-grass-fed-liver/157725#157725 I think there is too much hysteria about the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed meats.

0
76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1178)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:55 AM

Go for veal liver if you must buy conventional.

-1
7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

on October 24, 2012
at 05:51 AM

There is no absolute necessity to avoid non-grass-fed meat and organs. You can always compensate higher amounts of omega-6 in them with omega-3 supplements provided that you stay within safe percentage of total PUFAs intake.

7b4641bc7c610f2944da66f79cc3378a

(298)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:18 PM

To those who downvoted my answer: please provide scientific research-based arguments and proofs that grass-fed meat is way better for modern human than corn-fed and that corn-fed meat should be avoided at all cost.

-1
06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on October 10, 2012
at 04:52 AM

Yes.

Matt
PhysiqueRescue.com

2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on October 10, 2012
at 12:01 PM

how so? this is not a very constuctive anwser.

06ca9c524c28bc3fba95d4d90f8f43c6

on October 10, 2012
at 07:12 PM

The price difference between grass and grain fed organ meat is basically neglible. Liver is not really considered a "great tasting" dish and if not for the health benefit most would not consume it. I don't find myself craving liver. With all of that being said, why would you pay for something that is inferior nutritionally and from a sick animal when price is very close? Is liver from a grain fed animal better than a lot of things that could be eaten? Absolutely. Can you get a LOT more nutritional bang for your buck with grass fed? Absolutely.

-2
D4a23f08a8bbd5042c3ed1809aa0b9e9

on November 15, 2012
at 03:41 AM

I am a farmer and byfar the corn fed beef is a better choice. From my point of view with knowledge to back it up grass fed beef takes longer to graze than to feed on corn. You need an ample supply of pasture to finish the cattle for slaughter. With grass fed grazing since there is longer grazing there is a higher chance of disease in the herd. The highest quality of meat you can get out of grass fed beef is choice. Your ribeye area is smaller. The highest BCS (body condition score) you can have is a seven.

The downsides of corn fed beef is the price of corn is high and it costs more than grass fed beef. With corn fed beef we supplement in grass hay corn stalks and distillers grain. NO CANDY WRAPPERS AND GARBAGE. I do not know where one of you got that idea from. PLUS EATING CORN FED BEEF LIVERS DOES NOT MAKE YOU A PSYCHOPATH YOUR SHELTERED LIFE IS TERRIBLE. There is no science behind the grass fed beef saying that it is more "NUTRITIONAL". The cattle get more proteins with corn. There is less space taken up when feeding corn. Grass fed beef is a niche market.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:19 AM

http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/10/news/economy/farmers-cows-candy-feed/index.html

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:27 AM

And no matter the nutritional profile of grass v corn; corn is terrible for them, not a natural food, makes them sick given enough time, and thus isn't desirable no matter how nice and fat it makes them. We don't want it.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:20 AM

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/corn-prices-rise-farmers-add-candy-cows-feed

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:24 AM

I didn't down vote you and I don't think candy is any worse than other stuff commercial cattle eat, but they are, in some cases, eating candy.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:21 AM

http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=170bb8c0-e0ab-4180-9d68-fa427f21ac3b

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:22 AM

http://www.ktvq.com/mobile/news/cash-strapped-farmers-feed-candy-to-cows/

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 21, 2012
at 04:20 AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/08/21/cows-fed-candy-drought_n_1819366.html

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!