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Is chicken's liver worse than beef's liver

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Sometimes restaraunts only serve chicken's liver. I realize that O3-O6 ratio should be different but aside from that is there anything else to be concerned with?

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on November 29, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Ha, firstly I was referring to organic toxins that liver metabolizes. It does not store any of them. As far as heavy metals, all body tissues will have them, not just liver.

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on November 29, 2011
at 05:19 PM

And yet another: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2480746/pdf/bullwho00190-0076.pdf shows samples of various pesticides are less in liver than in fat, so avoid both the fat and the organ meats of CAFO animals.

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on November 29, 2011
at 05:14 PM

So yeah, in that case, chicken liver is likely to be less toxic than beef liver since they're smaller and have shorter lives before the abattoir. But it's better to avoid CAFO organ meats.

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on November 29, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Oh, and one more: from http://www.marksdailyapple.com/does-the-liver-store-toxins/ "study (PDF) on cattle raised on pasture in the vicinity of metallurgical plants ... found that the liver did accumulate significantly higher concentrations of lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, iron, and nickel than muscle meat. What does this tell us? Don’t eat heavy metal contaminated beef, especially liver and kidney; any and all cuts of the animal will accumulate dangerous levels of heavy metals if the animal is exposed to inordinate amounts." PDF link is: http://www.vef.hr/vetarhiv/papers/72-5/korenekova.pdf

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on November 29, 2011
at 05:04 PM

@aaa: ORLY? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17402622 "A toxic level of arsenic (6.18 ppm) was detected in the kidney, and metaldehyde was detected in the liver. The pellets were analyzed and found to contain both arsenic and metaldehyde, consistent with a discontinued molluscicidal product." "Evaluation of liver by GC/MS detected a large amount of metaldehyde." Thanks but no thanks. I'll avoid CAFO livers and other organs, despite this paper saying "This was considered to be within toxic range (normal, ,0.5 ppm; toxic, .5 ppm)."

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I think you got it wrong. Liver removes toxins but it does not store any of the toxins.

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on November 29, 2011
at 03:15 PM

is this because the liver contains the toxins it removes from the blood or is it something else?

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 29, 2011
at 02:57 PM

If it's from a restaurant, it's CAFO unless they advertise it as otherwise, while I may eat CAFO muscle meats, I will absolutely not eat CAFO liver - remember, the liver is what removes toxins.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on November 29, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Oh, and one more: from http://www.marksdailyapple.com/does-the-liver-store-toxins/ "study (PDF) on cattle raised on pasture in the vicinity of metallurgical plants ... found that the liver did accumulate significantly higher concentrations of lead, cadmium, copper, zinc, iron, and nickel than muscle meat. What does this tell us? Don’t eat heavy metal contaminated beef, especially liver and kidney; any and all cuts of the animal will accumulate dangerous levels of heavy metals if the animal is exposed to inordinate amounts." PDF link is: http://www.vef.hr/vetarhiv/papers/72-5/korenekova.pdf

1bc18852894dad9d6dddfb3dfed49ab3

(341)

on November 29, 2011
at 06:49 PM

Ha, firstly I was referring to organic toxins that liver metabolizes. It does not store any of them. As far as heavy metals, all body tissues will have them, not just liver.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on November 29, 2011
at 05:14 PM

So yeah, in that case, chicken liver is likely to be less toxic than beef liver since they're smaller and have shorter lives before the abattoir. But it's better to avoid CAFO organ meats.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on November 29, 2011
at 05:19 PM

And yet another: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2480746/pdf/bullwho00190-0076.pdf shows samples of various pesticides are less in liver than in fat, so avoid both the fat and the organ meats of CAFO animals.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on November 29, 2011
at 05:04 PM

@aaa: ORLY? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17402622 "A toxic level of arsenic (6.18 ppm) was detected in the kidney, and metaldehyde was detected in the liver. The pellets were analyzed and found to contain both arsenic and metaldehyde, consistent with a discontinued molluscicidal product." "Evaluation of liver by GC/MS detected a large amount of metaldehyde." Thanks but no thanks. I'll avoid CAFO livers and other organs, despite this paper saying "This was considered to be within toxic range (normal, ,0.5 ppm; toxic, .5 ppm)."

1bc18852894dad9d6dddfb3dfed49ab3

(341)

on November 29, 2011
at 04:39 PM

I think you got it wrong. Liver removes toxins but it does not store any of the toxins.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on November 29, 2011
at 03:15 PM

is this because the liver contains the toxins it removes from the blood or is it something else?

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on November 29, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Chicken liver is (IMO) more palatable than beef liver. Especially when made as pate. They're also cheaper.

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on November 29, 2011
at 02:54 PM

I'm not aware of any major nutritional issues with chicken liver. I eat it myself on a fairly regular basis as I do not like beef liver at all. However, I rarely see it in restaurants unless it is deep fried with some kind of coating on it which would obviously be a deal breaker. Even if the restaurant has sauteed chicken livers, it's highly unlikely they would be pastured. I would be hesitant to eat the liver of any conventionally raised animal.

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