3 Health Benefits of Liver & Onions

Fried chicken liver with apples, sweet pepper and onions

Maybe you had a different childhood than I did growing up, but sometimes my mom would bring out liver and onions at dinner time. Liver looked kind of like steak, but definitely didn’t taste like it. But mom always used to say “eat it, it’s good for you” so I did. Little did I know what mom told me back then was the truth.

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Pound for pound, liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods available to us. It contains a large amount of high-quality protein, an easily absorbed form of iron, all of the B vitamins (including B12 and folic acid in significant amounts), balanced quantities of vitamin A, many trace elements and minerals including copper, zinc, chromium, phosphorous and selenium, essential fatty acids EPA, DHA and AA, as well as the powerful antioxidant CoQ10.

How Much Should You Eat?
The USDA identifies a serving of liver and onions as one slice of liver with one slice of onion. This amounts to about 100 g of food per serving. Such a serving contains 156 calories. Of those calories, 28 come from carbohydrates, 93 from protein and 35 from fat.

Here are three main reasons why liver is good for you:

I. Liver Gives You Energy
One serving of liver and onions carries 7.4 g of carbohydrates. These are evenly split between sugar carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Experts report that complex carbs break down slowly, feeding your bloodstream a steady stream of energy for several hours. Sugar carbohydrates cause spikes and valleys in your blood sugar, which can stress your pancreas and lead to food cravings and weight gain.

II. Liver Is Packed With Vitamins
Liver is incredibly rich in A and B vitamins. One serving of liver and onions contains well over your daily…

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