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Is bile good or bad to eat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 14, 2011 at 9:28 PM

I read a story where a primitive hunter, after shooting a Buffalo or something, grabs out the liver (giving some to his dog) and squeezes some bile from the gallbladder on the liver like you might squeeze a lemon, eating this mix raw.

But bile is bitter tasting right? Wouldn't that suggest bile shouldn't be eaten?

Are there other historical examples of bile being deliberately eaten, or any other evidence to suggest bile as good?

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on March 12, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Wow, that reply was filled with bile.

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:59 AM

To live and die by historical reenactment…

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on December 14, 2011
at 11:15 PM

are you saying that the taste of your own vomit "isn't bad"?? bile is just about my least favourite flavour.

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:07 AM

Wikipedia says "Bile salts also act as bactericides, destroying many of the microbes that may be present in the food." Perhaps evolution selected for hunters who enjoyed bile on their raw liver because it helped prevent food poisoning? Jeez, it's hard to imagine eating that, no matter how hardcore paleo one wants to be!

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on March 12, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Bitters are used to treat problems of the liver and gallbladder. People take bitter herbs, like dandelion root; artichoke(globe) leaves; milkthistle seed; etc... Bitters can help with problems handling sugars as well as digesting fat. Perhaps bile would be the ultimate bitter.

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on January 02, 2012
at 07:10 PM

Its addeds in some Fillipino Soups and Stews. Ymmy !

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on December 14, 2011
at 09:36 PM

Bitterness isn't bad, to the paleo palate. It's just another color on the spectrum. Bile has lotta salt in it, so that's why it's a favorite.

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on December 14, 2011
at 11:15 PM

are you saying that the taste of your own vomit "isn't bad"?? bile is just about my least favourite flavour.

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on March 12, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Wow, that reply was filled with bile.

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