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Why does the taste of liver and kidney make us almost vomit if its so healthy for us?

Answered on June 12, 2016
Created November 03, 2011 at 2:23 PM

I ve been eating liver once a week for a month or two now: I??m getting more and more used to the taste but it still makes me almost vomit. Why is this do you think?

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on August 16, 2013
at 05:59 PM

This response is so useful, well-written, and thought-provoking, I wish I could upvote it more than once.

Dcf355a2a13a1cdac6b8932a145fbd9d

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on March 07, 2012
at 02:47 PM

It makes me salivate in anticipation of the awesome deliciousness that awaits my taste buds. Everyone has there own story but Liver really really doesn't make US want to vomit.

65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

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on March 06, 2012
at 07:32 PM

I made it for me and the bf once.. took the time and caramelized onions in bacon fat.. the whole 9. I thought it was SLAMMIN. He said it was the only thing I've ever made he didn't like :-( Oh well! More for me!

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Mine did too, but now he's actually saying he'd try it ground up if I slip some in his chili ;)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:00 PM

"Now when I said the liver removes and stores toxins from the blood, I did not mean that the liver magically packages and removes the toxins from the body, it stores the toxins. I thought that point was crystal clear I hope it is now." That is exactly where you have been misinformed. The liver is a storage vehicle for some vitamins, and does produce some detoxifers that get shipped around the body, but it itself is NOT a vehicle for toxin storage. Generally, fat stores are known to store toxins. Also, actual filters such as the lungs, will "get dirty" from environmental issues.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on February 13, 2012
at 02:25 AM

A "lot" of it? Yikes.

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

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on February 13, 2012
at 01:39 AM

The purest of chocolate--unadulterated by sugar!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on February 13, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Another n=1, we fed my cousin liver mashed in his food as a little baby (just had started solid food regularly), he did the same face as when you give babies lemons- priceless, but does show that it is too strong for some babies taste!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Very nice--and funny--answer, Joshua!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:34 PM

A little bacon with it doesn't hurt either! :-))

361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Speak for yourself! Lots of people love liver and kidney!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Sorry, with the possible exception of liver from a near-death animal there's no reason to expect the liver to contain the very toxins it so capably packages and ships out of the body. You could just as easily say that since the liver removes toxins it must be full of anti-toxins.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on November 05, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Eew, unsweetened chocolate does not even register as a food, to my palate.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:29 PM

@Kewpie, I guess I was just pointing out that kids around the globe eat anything their parents feed them. You, me, and the rest of us are the same. We eat and know only what is given to us. @Korion/Efaitch/gydle, I think the line between *fed as a baby* and *fed as a child* is important – too late and competition by sweeter, etc food will bias the child away from less similarly-flavored food.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:15 PM

haha Cheers Paul :)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:05 PM

15 hours and this hadn't been upvoted? Is our Paleohacks memory really that short?

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:36 AM

I have to comment on this, because part of me really thinks this is true -- I came down with a cold yesterday, and the ONLY thing I want to eat is liver!!! Bone broth is good, Emergen-C... again, good -- but my body is completely rejecting any solid food except chicken liver and grass-fed beef liver. Everything else just tastes and smells completely nasty to me.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Shellfish and any cooked fish besides smoked makes my husband gag. Doesn't make those foods any less healthy.

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:42 AM

Duck and goose liver are the mildest and best IMHO.

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:40 AM

Linoleum is made with nice healthy flax oil, though by the time it's flooring the linolenic acid is crosslinked and indigestible. Still good roughage maybe.

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:36 AM

So buckle down, eat your liver and shut up. Otherwise you'll end up playing for Wales.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:16 AM

Not all livers are the same. For example, I used to eat the liver my mom makes and it is just perfect, and absolutely no smell and no bad taste. But then I bought a liver to cook one day - stunk up the whole house and tasted like.... I cannot even find a decent word for it. Anyway, it depends on the quality of the liver and the way it is cleaned (all the bile ducts need to be cut out) and the way it is cooked. A lot of people soak liver in milk for a few hours to get rid of this smell. My advice: try chicken livers and cut out the bile ducts. You will love the taste!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 04, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Yeah, overcooked liver is horrible.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Chicken liver tastes MUCH better than beef (even grass-fed) liver!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 10:40 PM

I also HATED liver as a child, but there is a place in NYC (takashi) that makes the most amazing liver. I think if I had that as a child I would have eaten it. My mom wasn't terribly good at cooking.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

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on November 03, 2011
at 10:21 PM

the secret to a long and happy marriage! :-)

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on November 03, 2011
at 10:03 PM

Liver tacos were eaten a lot in my family when I was younger so I guess I am use to the taste.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I love liver! I just tried beef liver for the first time this week and was surprised at how delicious it is. I've been missing out all my life! Bacon and liver is a great way to eat it, too, as Nance said. Yum. :)

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:17 PM

I've been told that as a toddler, the only meat I would eat was fried chicken livers. Plates of them. I cannot stand them now, no matter how much I try, and I've wasted a lot of $$ trying. I even used to like liverwurst, but it's vile to me now.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:02 PM

Liver is very tasty. Even my baby loves it.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Im with kewpie too. I regularly put various foods in front of my kids. No matter how many times I offer mushrooms, for example, they always end up on the edge of the plate, uneaten. Some foods one kid will eat and another won't. It's not just a matter of exposure, it's a matter of personal taste. My parenting style is to respect that and not force feed anybody anything.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:36 PM

Yup, love a good bit of organ meat me, heart is especially delicious.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I agree with kewpie... My kids have been served liver and HATE it!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:14 PM

If you throw liver, etc., into the slow cooker with bones and other meat cuts plus veggies, you'll never taste the liver any more than the marrow. You can also eat liver with bacon--one of my favorite ways--or with salsa or anything else with enough flavor to distract your taste buds. Good liver is pretty mild, really, and easy to camouflage.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:11 PM

I'm a believer in trusting your taste buds, but there's no harm in disguising the food a little when you know it's healthy. I like organ meats, but I throw them in the slow cooker (along with a bunch of other meats/veggies) and can't even taste them.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 03, 2011
at 03:53 PM

I eat grass-fed liver regularly as a micronutrient source. I'm just fortunate that it works quite nicely ground up in braunschweiger!

C471216c9fb4fcf886b7ac84a4046b49

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:38 PM

HMMM.... "us" does not include me lol...i LOVE organs

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on November 03, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I force myself to eat it because I want to learn to like it. I`ve learned to like a lot of healthy foods during the years by forcing myself to eat it during a period. So I`m trying to do the same with kidney and livers. But it seems like it takes a bit longer time with this food..

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:06 PM

At first, I found liver to be just good.. However, after tasting kidneys, Liver got upgraded to delicious.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Apparently I was a very difficult as a child, I never ate anything people gave me.

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:53 PM

My n=1 disputes that. My mom made (and forced us to eat) beef liver regularly when I was a child. I thought it was vile then and that opinion has not changed.

E05b8d2c9ae8a9a92341785f342f131d

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Personally I find liver delicious.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:31 PM

Good question. I tried kidney once and it smelled and tasted like the bodily function it performs. I can't bring myself to try it again. I wish it worked out between us because I can get grass fed kidney for $1/lb.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:31 PM

I love the taste of organ meat. I grew up with it.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:33 PM

It only makes you react a certain way because you weren't raised on it.

Babies will eat and love whatever they are fed. Kids around the world eat a variety of things, all the result of whatever their parents feed them while they're being raised.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on November 03, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Im with kewpie too. I regularly put various foods in front of my kids. No matter how many times I offer mushrooms, for example, they always end up on the edge of the plate, uneaten. Some foods one kid will eat and another won't. It's not just a matter of exposure, it's a matter of personal taste. My parenting style is to respect that and not force feed anybody anything.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:53 PM

My n=1 disputes that. My mom made (and forced us to eat) beef liver regularly when I was a child. I thought it was vile then and that opinion has not changed.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on November 04, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Yeah, overcooked liver is horrible.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Apparently I was a very difficult as a child, I never ate anything people gave me.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

(1811)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:28 PM

I agree with kewpie... My kids have been served liver and HATE it!

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on November 03, 2011
at 09:17 PM

I've been told that as a toddler, the only meat I would eat was fried chicken livers. Plates of them. I cannot stand them now, no matter how much I try, and I've wasted a lot of $$ trying. I even used to like liverwurst, but it's vile to me now.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on November 03, 2011
at 10:40 PM

I also HATED liver as a child, but there is a place in NYC (takashi) that makes the most amazing liver. I think if I had that as a child I would have eaten it. My mom wasn't terribly good at cooking.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on November 04, 2011
at 01:29 PM

@Kewpie, I guess I was just pointing out that kids around the globe eat anything their parents feed them. You, me, and the rest of us are the same. We eat and know only what is given to us. @Korion/Efaitch/gydle, I think the line between *fed as a baby* and *fed as a child* is important – too late and competition by sweeter, etc food will bias the child away from less similarly-flavored food.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 13, 2012
at 01:28 AM

Another n=1, we fed my cousin liver mashed in his food as a little baby (just had started solid food regularly), he did the same face as when you give babies lemons- priceless, but does show that it is too strong for some babies taste!

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on November 03, 2011
at 08:46 PM

If you really can't stomach the taste, just slip some organ meat into your chilli........

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:15 PM

haha Cheers Paul :)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:05 PM

15 hours and this hadn't been upvoted? Is our Paleohacks memory really that short?

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13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

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on November 03, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I will never understand why people force themselves (or others) to eat something they don't like.

That said, have you tried various kinds of liver/kidneys? I can't stand beef liver, but I like chicken livers (and hearts, gizzards, and kidneys). They have a milder flavor. I also like liverwurst.

If you really can't stomach any of it, there are other options like dried liver capsules. I don't see any reason to put your body through the stress of forcing down something that makes you want to vomit.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on November 03, 2011
at 03:53 PM

I eat grass-fed liver regularly as a micronutrient source. I'm just fortunate that it works quite nicely ground up in braunschweiger!

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on November 03, 2011
at 03:20 PM

I force myself to eat it because I want to learn to like it. I`ve learned to like a lot of healthy foods during the years by forcing myself to eat it during a period. So I`m trying to do the same with kidney and livers. But it seems like it takes a bit longer time with this food..

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:42 AM

Duck and goose liver are the mildest and best IMHO.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on November 04, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Chicken liver tastes MUCH better than beef (even grass-fed) liver!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:31 PM

I'm changing my story on this question. I used to say genetics but now I say gut flora.

I used to say genetics because all fermented dairy (yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream) tasted like spoiled food to me and, yes, made me want to vomit. Milk itself wasn't quite as bad; it merely tasted awful.

Anyhow, after 64 years like that I started drinking water kefir last fall and within 2 months I was eating yogurt and it tasted GOOD. It worked so well I started making yogurt at home. At Christmas I took a risk and ate some ice cream, a food which had been making me sick before water kefir. No problems at all, and I ate a pint per day several times during the holidays.

I don't believe my genetics changed. I believe my gut flora changed. I think similar changes could happen to someone who finds the taste of liver nauseating--I just don't know what the proper "probiotic" would be to solve the problem. But my nickel says it might reflect the gut flora rather than genes.

Another possible thought process: liver tastes very good to me if I don't eat it too often. Hmm. So my taste for it seems to be self-regulated. Is it possible that if you don't need liver, it tastes awful?

1f9b52f29960095986234231d91e1967

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on August 16, 2013
at 05:59 PM

This response is so useful, well-written, and thought-provoking, I wish I could upvote it more than once.

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:29 PM

Unfortunately palatability isn't necessarily tied to healthfulness. If it were, no one would get addicted to junk food.

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(10601)

on November 04, 2011
at 03:36 AM

So buckle down, eat your liver and shut up. Otherwise you'll end up playing for Wales.

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I think it was majkinetor who said essentially that there's a learning curve for your brain to associate certain foods with the nutrients they contain and that frequent exposure to an acquired taste like organs would eventually result in a desire for them. I'm not sure if that's true as stated, but it makes a fair amount of sense. It would seem that the whole sensation of taste is intended to lead us toward things that are nutritious and away from things that are toxic. You'll notice for example that if you restrict salt for long enough and then eat some straight it's less salty than if you habitually eat a lot of it.

Ca1150430b1904659742ce2cad621c7d

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on November 04, 2011
at 09:36 AM

I have to comment on this, because part of me really thinks this is true -- I came down with a cold yesterday, and the ONLY thing I want to eat is liver!!! Bone broth is good, Emergen-C... again, good -- but my body is completely rejecting any solid food except chicken liver and grass-fed beef liver. Everything else just tastes and smells completely nasty to me.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:28 AM

I was raised on "variety meats"... but didn't really care for all of them...

As a kid, I had a LIKE, and a HATE table:

Like:
Calves Brains and Eggs
Sweetbreads pan fried (dusted in Flour... boo)
oxtail soup with egg noodles
chicken gizzards

HATE:
Liver
Kidney
Pickled Tongue/Heart (my dad and grandpa ate this crap on saltines like it was the antidote)
Chitlins

Now that I'm a grown-up, you can add "stewed tongue" to the "Like" category, and you can move "Liver" up there as well. AND Spleen, which has the texture and flavor of liver, with considerably less of that metallic iron taste (which is pretty mellow in calves liver anyway).

Tastes change. Even though I didn't like those foods, none of them made me almost vomit. The only dish that has ever caused a reaction like that was a fermented fish curry that a friend of mine from Malaysia warned me not to eat... but I promised her I was adventurous... swallowing that bite and keeping it down felt like it took me 45 minutes.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 13, 2012
at 12:32 AM

Very nice--and funny--answer, Joshua!

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on November 04, 2011
at 05:07 AM

I would recommend revising your question from the universal "us" to the personal "me," in which case, I would have no way of knowing why those particular foods make you nauseous. Do you know why "we" find extremely bitter, sugarless chocolate delicious? I meant, why "I" find it such? I truly do.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on November 05, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Eew, unsweetened chocolate does not even register as a food, to my palate.

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

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on February 13, 2012
at 01:39 AM

The purest of chocolate--unadulterated by sugar!

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361e96d70d6d3b91d63f6ad975e60ab6

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on November 03, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Speak for yourself! Organ meats are the most delicious.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I enjoy all the offal meats, but here is the suggestion I found here on Paleohacks. Cook the organ. Cut up the organ. Wrap two ounce portions in wax paper. Freeze . In a few hours unwrap, salt, pepper, dip in mustard, dip in salsa as much as you need. Repeat next day. You should begin to be able to let it thaw more each day or each week. Start with tongue,move on to heart, next liver and then kidney. Make sure its grass fed. Lamb is milder than cow. I find goat even milder than lamb. good luck

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:19 AM

Not all livers taste the same.

For example, the liver my mom makes (with onions) is just perfect, and absolutely no smell and no bad taste. But once I bought a liver to cook one day - it stunk up the whole house and tasted like.... I cannot even find a decent word for it.

Anyway, it depends on the quality of the liver and the way it is cleaned (all the bile ducts need to be cut out) and the way it is cooked. A lot of people soak liver in milk for a few hours to get rid of this smell.

My advice: try chicken livers and cut out the bile ducts. You will love the taste and you will ask for more!

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on November 03, 2011
at 08:57 PM

I ate the meat off of some boiled beef neck bones (the main goal was to make a nice beef broth) and the mix of equal parts fat, cartilage, and meat really turned my stomach. A few times I had to stop and breathe, relax, and assure myself that it wasn't going to hurt me. It was a total textural thing because the flavor was really just that of beef.

My discomfort with the strange texture was due to a lifetime of conditioning that said "spit it out!" I was able to supersede this reaction with reason, and may be able to eventually create a strong enough connection between the texture of cartilage and gooey connective tissue and health to enjoy it, but the old conditioning will always be there.

In this sense, food preferences are absolutely shaped by early exposure. Look at some of the "favorite" foods of other cultures featured on Bizarre Foods if you need any proof.

However, there are individual differences in taste sensitivity. Just as some people see better than others, some people taste more than others.

For someone with hypersensitive taste-buds (a "supertaster") the experience of eating organ meats may never be pleasurable, no matter how often they are exposed to them.

N=1 does not equate to N=All

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on November 03, 2011
at 06:17 PM

My husband and I are both sensitive to the taste and texture of cooked heme. I promised him when I got married that I would NEVER cook liver. 25 years later and the promise still stands!

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on November 03, 2011
at 10:21 PM

the secret to a long and happy marriage! :-)

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

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on February 13, 2012
at 09:34 PM

Mine did too, but now he's actually saying he'd try it ground up if I slip some in his chili ;)

65bba2aa1de77b31c373c1a390c43ca8

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on March 06, 2012
at 07:32 PM

I made it for me and the bf once.. took the time and caramelized onions in bacon fat.. the whole 9. I thought it was SLAMMIN. He said it was the only thing I've ever made he didn't like :-( Oh well! More for me!

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on November 03, 2011
at 04:19 PM

How are you preparing it? Sounds like you may be in need of a new recipe or two to try to get you to like it a bit more. There are many good liverwurst and pate recipes out in the paleo blog world. I would recommend starting there with a pate with some other strong spices and flavours that you really do like and work yourself up to liking it.

Also - I find chicken livers to be easier to stomach, so maybe go to chicken liver for a while and work up to beef.

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75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on December 16, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Well I think part of the reason is that both liver and kidneys look pretty disgusting. It also seems uncivilized to eat offal. So I think why people might get sick eating them might be caused by the unpleasant mental image. If these people closed their eyes and ate some nicely prepared offal I suspect a good number would like it.

As for growing up eating liver, I was fed beef liver weekly until my mid-teens. I thought it was absolutely disgusting; I could only swallow it if it was buried in mash potatoes. But beef liver is decidedly strong tasting. Now as an adult I eat chicken liver a couple times a week. Now this might sound perverse but I find chicken liver to almost taste sweet. Delicious.

_Lazza

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:02 PM

P??t??.

I mention it on nearly every liver thread. Homemade p??t?? is a great way to get exactly what you want (with eggs, veggies, butter, not milk and bread, for e.g.) and vary the level of sweetness (from the veggies).

Make it. Love it.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:28 PM

I started liking liver after I stopped having my mom cook it for me. Her pork chops were worse... Bless my ex for showing me that food does not have to be cooked to death.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:34 PM

A little bacon with it doesn't hurt either! :-))

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:42 AM

I love beef liver but chicken liver is gross. It's a matter of individual taste, and it's partly psychological and very influenced by what we eat and like/dislike in childhood. Some of it I'm sure is genetic. 'Supertasting' runs in families.

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Bad3a78e228c67a7513c28f17c36b3cf

(1387)

on November 03, 2011
at 08:17 PM

I ate liver as a child, and liked it, so I don't have an issue with the taste. However, when I first started eating liver again, about a year ago, it did make me feel vaguely nauseous. I attributed this to my not being used to such a high nutrient food. I no longer get that reaction.

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(4359)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:59 PM

It tastes better fresh, like right out of the animal. Even a few days kills it for me. Maybe all the iron/copper in it makes it decay faster...

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on November 03, 2011
at 05:22 PM

They don't make me almost vomit - they simply turn me into an absolute glutton! I love them - kidney stroganov is my number one favourite meal. Also kidney and beet in a mustard and cream sauce. Divine.

Try finding different recipes? And if you soak sliced kidney in either milk or lemon juice and water for an hour, a lot of the pee smell goes away!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on February 13, 2012
at 02:25 AM

A "lot" of it? Yikes.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

(2936)

on November 03, 2011
at 04:48 PM

I never really tried to "stretch my taste buds" when I was straddling the line between the SAD and Taubsian paleo, in fact I don't think I tried much until I went beyond that, to total carnivore. So, I don't know when the change in tastes kicked in. All I know is, now that I'm total carnivore, I'm not repulsed by any animal flesh so far. Oh, I can live without pig's ears, I guess (I'd rather eat linoleum), but that's texture, not taste.

BTW, make sure you don't overcooked the liver. It gets chalky if it isn't bloody inside.

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on November 04, 2011
at 03:40 AM

Linoleum is made with nice healthy flax oil, though by the time it's flooring the linolenic acid is crosslinked and indigestible. Still good roughage maybe.

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6f4425e3c7dc0efe60da531c5d991487

on December 16, 2012
at 09:05 PM

It wasn't until my early 20's that I tried liver, in the form of p??t??, for the first time. It's hard for me to believe there are some folks out there who cringe at the thought of not only ingesting it, but savoring it.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on November 03, 2011
at 06:35 PM

It's a getting-used-to thing. I grew up with that stuff in Greece, so I have no trouble eating liver, lungs, kidneys, hearts, tongues, spleen/pancreas, AND tripe. From goats, sheep, beef. My favorite part is the tail of the goat.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on November 03, 2011
at 05:35 PM

To be honest, it's an acquired taste that I never bothered to acquire. :)

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7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on November 03, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Love liver and kidneys and never had a problem with either. Especially since I can get a pack of chicken livers for less than ??1. A quick fry-up with some butter and instant lunch :)

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on June 12, 2016
at 02:54 PM

Nick_22 is right. Liver smells like feces. I have a much heightened sense of smell compared to others. The one I tried (calf liver) was extremely tender and all the things people love in a perfectly cooked piece of liver. I almost vomit just at the smell because it smells so similar to feces and it tastes like concentrated feces and blood mixed with metal. Even the raw smell can send me into feeling very nauseous. If you don't like it then don't force yourself to eat it. I trust my body when it is telling me "hell no" in this case. Now, chicken livers do not smell like feces to me at all. I enjoy them. I believe because chicken crap and human crap are very different things, but human crap and cow crap are made similarly. Also, chicken gizzards are good fish bait. I could vomit just thinking about the smell of mammalian liver and how it smells like feces, though. Nick is right. Ugh ugh ugh.

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(423)

on March 06, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Liver is the shit. Never tried kidneys, although I'd love to. But liver, any liver is good in my book... Chicken, beef, pork.. you name it. And chicken hearts? I think that's a meat orgasm in my mouth.

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Ac3e3104f3c6203a4e5a3a645f012d63

on March 06, 2012
at 07:11 PM

While I will agree that the liver does not store fat soluble toxins, it does however package them internally and then sends them off to be stored in the fat. So at any given time there are fat soluble toxins in the process of being packaged inside the liver. But I think that argument of the kind and quantity of toxins in the liver derailed his main point which is that if you find the taste of liver so unpleasant why force yourself to eat it? And on that point I will agree. I will agree that the liver contains fat soluble toxins, I will agree that there are more wholesome alternatives, and I will respect your dislike of the flavor. Liver lovers are not bad people, eating liver is not evil. But it is also not an imperitive, and there is no reason to force it upon others let alone ourselves. It is true that in the past doctors prescribed liver to undernourished people, then again they also prescribed bloodletting to cure anemia. If it makes you gag, eat some steak instead.

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on February 12, 2012
at 09:16 PM

Well first of all, I don???t know any actual authorities on nutrition that will extol the virtues of eating liver. The liver's main function is to remove and store toxins from the blood. And this toxic organ is supposed to be good for us? Another function of the liver is to manufacture bile; bile has several functions and effects. One of the effects is to contribute with billirubin in making our feces brown and is partially responsible for the characteristic odor of fecal matter. Which is why some people who have sensitive noses find that liver and feces smell similar. SO between liver smelling like feces, and being full of toxins, the argument seems to be that it is full nutrients. If I was starving and it came between life and death I would eat the disgusting thing to save my life. But there is nothing of nutritional value in liver that is not readily available in more healthy, safe, and most importantly delicious foods. So there it is. Liver is unhealthy, tastes disgusting, and does not contain nutrients unavailable in other food sources. Why are you forcing yourself to eat liver again?

For some reason I am not able to comment on the comment. Now when I said the liver removes and stores toxins from the blood, I did not mean that the liver magically packages and removes the toxins from the body, it stores the toxins. I thought that point was crystal clear I hope it is now. I'd prefer to debate the facts and would appreciate if you didn't use superstition, opinion, and fallacies as the basis of your argument. That straw man you tried is bad form. Shame on you. ARe you argiung to win or arguing to find truth? I prefer truth. How about you?

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(37227)

on February 12, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Sorry, with the possible exception of liver from a near-death animal there's no reason to expect the liver to contain the very toxins it so capably packages and ships out of the body. You could just as easily say that since the liver removes toxins it must be full of anti-toxins.

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(19150)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:00 PM

"Now when I said the liver removes and stores toxins from the blood, I did not mean that the liver magically packages and removes the toxins from the body, it stores the toxins. I thought that point was crystal clear I hope it is now." That is exactly where you have been misinformed. The liver is a storage vehicle for some vitamins, and does produce some detoxifers that get shipped around the body, but it itself is NOT a vehicle for toxin storage. Generally, fat stores are known to store toxins. Also, actual filters such as the lungs, will "get dirty" from environmental issues.

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