Do you know the benefits of eating liver?
How often do you eat liver? Did you know that liver is a super-food that has been celebrated for centuries,and one of the best sources of balanced, naturally occurring vitamin A and its fat-soluble co-factors?
Liver was a very popular source of meat and does not take a great deal of finesse to cook. You can pan fry it as you would a chicken breast, and you’ll know when it’s cooked when the colour has changed throughout. It can also include it in pies, stews and other recipes that would benefit from a rich meaty taste.
The liver’s main function is to cleanse the body of toxins and to get rid of them entirely, not to store them up. Contrary to believe, eating livers doesnt mean eating the toxins that have been purified from the body.
Liver is a high-quality protein source and high in Iron. Protein is absolutely vital for our body, building block of muscle, as well as being key to post-workout repair while the Iron found in livers is easy to digest, helping the body to create red blood cells and keeps your blood healthy.
Have you felt exhausted lately? You may be lacking iron! Increasing your iron intake will help you to combat fatigue and to metabolize proteins. Vitamin A is also an important catalyst for many biochemical processes in the body and is absolutely essential for nutrient assimilation, bone development and fertility therefore is important to consume vitamin A from whole foods like liver, which offer a balanced nutrient profile and are safe, prepared as nature intended.
Gram for gram, 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, 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.
Thai Pork Liver
One of the liver quality is versatility, being used in a wide range of foods and recipes. I like liver in any combination, but this Thai twist is wonderful. My marinade mix is just a guidance, so feel free to add other flavours to it.
Cut the liver in strips, but not to tick. In a bowl mix one chopped onion, five cloves or garlic, one star anise, nutmeg, saffron, jalapenos, pickled onions, dark soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Squeeze lemon juice, add the liver in the marinade and give it a good mix. Leave it for 30 minutes, mix again and let it rest for another 30 minutes. Leave the liver in the marinade longer for extra flavour.
Pan-fry the liver in extra hot oil for 3-5 minutes depending on how well done you want it. Don't overcook it! My personal choice of side for Thai Pork Liver is sweet potato chips.
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