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Why do I hate liver so much?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I tried putting a bit of chopped up liver in with my ground beef bolognaise but I could still taste the creamy liver taste that makes me feel physically nauseous

I REALLY want to eat liver for all the nutrients and vitamin A but I physically can't do it

How many of you actually eat liver? If you don't like it how do you get it down??

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Acne. I used to have enough with 5k, but since adding sugar and milk I need way more or I get zits. I wonder if this is all related to difficulties converting beta-carotene due to hypothyroidism (though I think my thyroid issues are way down now).

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on May 16, 2012
at 05:52 AM

This (smoothy)is what I do and the energy boost I get is amazing.

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:03 AM

@Korion - Why is 30-40k necessary and how do you know? Just curious.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on May 15, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I grew up on the Jersey Shore, with its plentiful bluefish, but I still can't stand strong fishy-tasting fish. So, I just take a couple fish oil caps every day. For me, food is as much for pleasure as sustenance, and I see no reason to force myself to eat something nasty if I don't have to.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:41 PM

A figure of speech, really. I don't "crave" fish and if I had to choose between a bunless burger on a menu, or an oak-plank grilled salmon filet, I'd probably choose the burger. I still eat fish, but usually only when the wife is having a seafood craving and buys us a couple of fillets. Freshwater Rainbow Trout, on the other hand, is one of my most favorite things in the world.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Why do you force yourself to eat fish, Joshua :D? I can't stand it either, but salmon is okay.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 08:25 PM

One could wonder where those kind of rules come from... Did someone do tests on that?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I seem to like all the 'power foods', which is pretty weird : when I was a kid lots of older women got pissed when I didn't want to eat their stuff because I found everything gross, except, like my father liked to tell everybody, chocolate. If they had given me oysters, bone broth, and liver back then I would probably have eaten that with pleasure :D.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:51 PM

For me liver is also practically necessary, as it looks like my retinol needs are quite high. I need up to 30-40k IU.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:48 PM

You're completely normal, HuntingBears, it smells like beef poop mixed with rotten eggs. The taste is pretty good though, in my opinion. It's something you get used to. The first time I chewed on it I gagged and had to force it through my throat. I think it's great to eat disgusting stuff that obviously helps you from time to time, just to make tasty food more fun again. The first time I ate fruit after a long period of VLC it was paradise, later it became boring. After liver, it is paradise again :).

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I once had such a bad tasting steak i stopped eating beef for like a month.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:02 PM

That sounds pretty awesome, I'm going to have to give it a try. I sometimes take a slice of liverwurst and spread soft goat cheese on top.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I've heard mixed thoughts on the 2-week rule. Nonetheless, you can cook the liver before freezing.

950efde057e2cc301543059b15f44374

(240)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:36 PM

According to Chris Kresser, need to make sure it has been frozen at least 2 weeks to kill any potential pathogens

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Yeah. Local, grass-fed, frozen for a month+ prior. I wouldn't venture into that territory unless one has full confidence in the source.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Did you eat it raw?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Is it safe to eat raw liver though? even if it's frozen?

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:19 PM

@Dan, we get carotenoids from vegetable sources, which generally have a bioavailability around 10 - 20%, as they have to be cleaved into an active form by digestive enzymes. Retinoids however, animal-sourced forms of vitamin A, are generally 80%+ bioavailable. In short - your body wants animal sourced fat-soluble vitamins. It just happens to be smart enough to figure things out on its own if you deprive it of that; but why would you want to?

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Cos it is disgusting. I agonized over why I hate it for a long while before I gave up and decided that I won't eat it if I don't like it.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on May 15, 2012
at 04:51 PM

As for vitamin A, you can get plenty of that from vegetables. For others, eat wild fish, and you probably won't "have to" eat liver for its nutrients. Maybe your body rejects it for a reason.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:37 PM

That should be "or do."

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

(11048)

on May 15, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I love liver! If you think about it, though, can you actually taste it ordo you *taste* it because you know it's there?

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Bc5e3d677762126c2b5b43287cdcd624

on May 15, 2012
at 04:56 PM

Liver is the only food that I literally can't get down! I take dessicated liver tablets to try to compensate, and as a bonus, they seem to give me increased energy. You could try grating nearly frozen raw liver into a thick smoothie!

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

(1677)

on May 16, 2012
at 05:52 AM

This (smoothy)is what I do and the energy boost I get is amazing.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:22 PM

There is a good chance you simply have not acquired the taste for it...

For example, I have to make myself eat fish (especially salmon). Most people upon hearing this, totally FTFO (Freak the F Out) "OMG Y U NO EAT TEH SALMON?!", which I find particularly odd.

I grew up in a very landlocked area with little-to-no seafood, only occasional freshwater fish (trout, bass, and catfish - which I love), and crawdads (crayfish).

With liver, for the longest time I was taking liver in pill form or adding the powdered liver to my protein shakes - but after having a liver dish at a German restaurant (Leber Berliner Art) that featured apples fried with the onions on top, I found a way that I could enjoy liver. When making this dish at home, I added bacon (of course) to the onion/apple medley and I love it. I will also say that my dad fed my sister and I fried chicken liver and braunsweiger/liverwurst throughout our childhood as well... and while it was a novelty food item, we still enjoyed it.

But, perhaps it's just not something you can wrap your own brain around. No serious loss. Just like me only eating Salmon less than once a month.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:27 PM

Why do you force yourself to eat fish, Joshua :D? I can't stand it either, but salmon is okay.

7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

(5959)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I grew up on the Jersey Shore, with its plentiful bluefish, but I still can't stand strong fishy-tasting fish. So, I just take a couple fish oil caps every day. For me, food is as much for pleasure as sustenance, and I see no reason to force myself to eat something nasty if I don't have to.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:41 PM

A figure of speech, really. I don't "crave" fish and if I had to choose between a bunless burger on a menu, or an oak-plank grilled salmon filet, I'd probably choose the burger. I still eat fish, but usually only when the wife is having a seafood craving and buys us a couple of fillets. Freshwater Rainbow Trout, on the other hand, is one of my most favorite things in the world.

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Cf599755619b0588e5e6ed4cb5cef50d

on May 15, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I've discovered a pretty good hack for eating liver. I can't stand liver on its own, but as liverwurst ("lieberwurst") I've been ok with it (because I've always been down with foie gras, pate or various sorts, rillettes, etc). I found little german butcher shop in LA where they make there own liverwurst of various kinds. I get a kind mixed with many herbs and spices, like onion flavoring. Then i thinly slice white potato or sweet potato, and fry them like chips in duck fat, until they are slightly brown/crispy. Then I spread a little liverwurst on them, and eat it like a cracker with "pate" on it. Not bad at all.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:02 PM

That sounds pretty awesome, I'm going to have to give it a try. I sometimes take a slice of liverwurst and spread soft goat cheese on top.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on May 15, 2012
at 04:58 PM

The only two ways I've been able to eat liver is either smothered in bacon (like the bacon-liver ratio is 1:1), or with the frozen pills method. Cut the liver into tiny pieces and freeze, then you can swallow them like pills without tasting the liver. Be sure to cut the pieces real tiny, otherwise it's like swallowing lego blocks.

950efde057e2cc301543059b15f44374

(240)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:36 PM

According to Chris Kresser, need to make sure it has been frozen at least 2 weeks to kill any potential pathogens

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:25 PM

One could wonder where those kind of rules come from... Did someone do tests on that?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Is it safe to eat raw liver though? even if it's frozen?

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I've heard mixed thoughts on the 2-week rule. Nonetheless, you can cook the liver before freezing.

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on May 15, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I am right there with you. I would rather eat dirt than liver. The last time I forced myself to eat some I felt nauseated the rest of the night and for like a week after anytime I smelled beef cooking. In fact I didn't eat beef for like a month. I had tried numerous methods, including hiding a small amount in a ground beef meal. I threw the whole thing out.

I sort of feel the same way about all the vitamin power foods: oysters, bone broth, liver.

Makes me wonder why my body would reject these things, if they are so healthy.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on May 15, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I once had such a bad tasting steak i stopped eating beef for like a month.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:21 PM

I seem to like all the 'power foods', which is pretty weird : when I was a kid lots of older women got pissed when I didn't want to eat their stuff because I found everything gross, except, like my father liked to tell everybody, chocolate. If they had given me oysters, bone broth, and liver back then I would probably have eaten that with pleasure :D.

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92d67b02a709cad2250f10848f9178e6

on May 15, 2012
at 09:37 PM

I love liver... I prefer it to muscle meat. Wednesday is my grassfed liver with onions day and I always look forward to it. Haha maybe you are overcooking it? Try soaking it in milk for 1 hour and then cooking it.

Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/absolute-best-liver-and-onions/

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07c86972a3bea0b0dc17752e9d2f5642

on June 02, 2012
at 04:00 AM

I had to give up on liver too. I can't believe that I should force myself to eat something that makes me want to vomit. I eat lots of eggs, seafood, fruits and roots, plus some broth and nuts and I hope for the best.

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5ef76f21681b1a526d0e11e60562cfa7

on June 02, 2012
at 01:52 AM

I say "Give Up!" and try some other organ meats.

I understand exactly what you are saying. To me, the texture is bad but acceptable. It's something else that makes me physically nauseous, a "forced richness" that floods my system and makes me want to stop eating anything after one bite. There is no covering it up in liverwurst or braunschweiger or pate or anything.

I grew up in a family that loves liver. My Mom would fry it up with bacon about once a month. I could barely choke down the bacon, let alone the liver. (Though bacon by itself is fine.) I try liver now and then as an adult and it is still absolutely horrendously awful. Wrong and evil. It has nothing to do with developing a taste for it. Just not cut out for it.

Don't torture yourself. You aren't missing much nutrition-wise, and you can look up what's in liver and eat other things with those same micronutrients. Unfortunately, other organ meats are rather less available in stores.

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:47 AM

Get some braunschweiger from US Wellness. It's a 60/40 mix of grass-fed trim and grass-fed beef liver. The ingredients are: beef, beef liver, water, sea salt, onion powder, honey, white pepper, coriander, marjoram, allspice.

I just slice it up and stir-fry it. It tastes delicious to me and I hate liver too.

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5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:46 AM

You hate it 'cause to people like you and me it's nasty. I don't eat it and I don't like any other organ meat either. My husband on the other hand loves it. When we butcher a goat or sheep he eats the liver, kidneys, heart, testicles. Sometimes he eats the lungs too. It's not the idea of it that I mind, it's the taste and texture. I'm not gonna eat it, so there! nyah!

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on May 15, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Becasue you ain't hungry enough.....

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on May 15, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I also can't stand the taste, but have used Natasha McBride's (GAPS Diet) idea with some success, which is: boil it until cooked; blend it with a little of the water you cooked it in; freeze the product in an ice cube tray; and melt a cube or two onto various dishes. It mutes the taste enough I can do it.

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0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:20 PM

I would recommend getting some liverwurst, either from a local butcher or from US Wellness Meats (theirs is exceptional! I'm finding myself eating slices of it with nothing else.)

As for actual liver, blech. For a while I resorted to taking an ounce or two, pureeing it in the food processor with a little bit of cold water and salt, and just slamming the shot. Talk about an energy drink...

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Yeah. Local, grass-fed, frozen for a month+ prior. I wouldn't venture into that territory unless one has full confidence in the source.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:26 PM

Did you eat it raw?

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