We hear the title “superfood” being thrown around in regard to foods like kale, spinach, and blueberries for their apparent unrivaled nutritional might. But you might be surprised to hear that ounce for ounce, calorie for calorie, liver is perhaps the most deserving of this accolade. Liver is seriously good for you – and the appeal of consuming it extends far beyond being a hearty down-home meal all grandparents seem to love. Underappreciated and overstuffed with nutrients, liver reigns supreme as a total nutritional package, especially when sourced locally from grass fed and finished cattle farms.
A heritage food for many traditional cultures, beef liver serves as a nutrient-dense powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. Whether or not you consider yourself a “nose-to-tail” beef consumer or not, it’s hard to ignore the nutritional value of liver. Think about this: vitamins and minerals come in higher concentrations in liver than virtually any other source of animal nutrition. In fact, liver is so nutrient dense that it’s conceivable that regular liver consumption could eliminate the need for many people to ingest a daily multivitamin.
It’s no easy feat to find a single food item that is so high in protein, low in carbs, and simultaneously an excellent source of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Folate, Copper, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Vitamin A. Did you know a single serving of beef liver provides more than 100% of your daily vitamin A requirement? Liver undoubtedly pushes the envelope when it comes to what we believe a single food can provide for us nutritionally.
When you buy your liver from farms that produce grass fed and finished beef, you know you’re getting high quality nutritious liver meat that would make any grandma proud. Locally sourced beef liver is unprocessed, leaving important co-factors and live enzymes intact so our bodies can properly assimilate the nutrition. Liver is highly bioavailable, easy to digest, and for many, a valuable staple of their diet.
At Acabonac Farms, we’re known for our choice cuts of beef - but the quality of our product doesn’t end with steak and hamburger. Now that more and more people are putting health at the forefront of their minds, liver is quickly gaining popularity once again. This time, for its undeniable nutritional benefits among a newer generation of health-conscious consumers. If you’re looking to get the most nutrition out of your beef liver, be sure to purchase locally. Producers like Acabonac Farms use regenerative land management practices to produce 100% grass finished cattle without the use of herbicides, pesticides, growth hormones, or subtherapeutic antibiotics. You’re guaranteed an unmatched quality compared to options off the grocery store shelf.
Liver definitely walks the walk when it comes to “superfoods”. It’s about time we listen to our grandparents and give liver the appreciation it deserves. Next time someone says, “What am I chopped liver to you?” you can reply with, “Yes, and I love you for it!”.