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The “Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers” recommends “3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week.”
“Almost all traditional cultures prize organ meats for their ability to build reserves of strength and vitality,” say Fallon and Enig. Price found that they were given first or specifically sought for the pregnant women. Hay writes that in traditional societies “the liver, untouched by human hand, is given in equal portions to each villager; children, elders and the fertile first.”
Fallon and Enig write, “Organ meats are extremely rich in fat-soluble vitamins A and D, as well as essential fatty acids, important very-long-chain superunsaturated fatty acids and the whole gamut of macro and trace minerals.” They go onto add copper, zinc, iron, and antioxidants.
Fallon and Enig present many dishes for adding organ meats to one’s diet. One recommendation is to add “grated raw liver” to any dish. Hay tells her pregnant readers that organ meat “is best eaten raw,” explaining that once it is cooked, the essential B vitamins and enzymes are destroyed: “I suggest you eat meat daily, organ meat weekly, and occasionally eat small portions of raw meat as Vitamin-B6 and B12 are destroyed in cooking. Raw meat is also easier to digest.”
Remember this raw tidbit: “The real problem is that bacteria thrive in unsanitary conditions. The pregnant mom must make sure she knows the farm where her food comes from.”
Organ meats must be grass fed, or they will not have the appropriate nutrition, like omega-3 fatty acids. Grass fed also ensures that the animal was not digestively stressed its entire life. The grass-fed animal should also be organic to ensure the smallest amount of pesticide residues.
“Even organic liver may contain some toxic substances, but its nutritive value outweighs the dangers of any toxins it contains.”
Raw Liver Pills make a tasteless nutrition-packed super food.
Note: Laying the liver onto a surface like a glass tupperware or plate will prevent clumping (so that you can separate them easily after freezing.) Liver can also be frozen in large chunks and finely grated onto foods.