Sunday, August 18, 2013

Breakfasts Compared: Primal/Paleo vs. Plant-Based

The Vegan Food Living With Heart and Improving Your Health: Breakfasts Compared: Primal/Paleo vs. Plant-Based


M said...

I did some reading on the internet re: the benefits/dangers of eating liver, since it's considered by many as being a powerhouse of essential nutrients. I stumbled upon some people who consider liver as a sort of nutritional supplement. They advise one to cut very fresh liver into small particles, small enough to swallow whole; freeze them for two weeks, claiming that this will kill the most part, if not all of the dangerous microbes; and then swallow a few of these "pills" with water (the amount recommended varies from person to person). Do you still eat liver on occasion? Do you have any thoughts on this practice of swallowing raw liver for nutritional purposes? Is it true, to the best of your knowledge, that freezing kills bacteria (wouldn't this also kill beneficial bacteria and enzymes?)Thank you.

Don said...

I've done it in the past, but no longer, and would not recommend it to anyone else. Freezing does kill many microbes, but not all; it has no effect on enzymes. Liver supplies retinol VT-A, in potentially toxic amounts, depending on serving size, and large amounts of cholesterol as well. I see no need to kill an animal and risk bacterial contamination to obtain second-hand vitamins and minerals, when dark green leafy vegetables like kale, collards, and bok choy have enormous amounts of these nutrients.