Health Factsheet – Truffle Pate
Not many foods are worthy of the title “superfood”. However, chicken liver is one of them. Once a popular and treasured food source, liver, generally, has fallen out of favour. This is unfortunate because it is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s rich in protein, low in calories and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. When we typically think of superfoods, we think of things like green leafy vegetables, berries from the Amazon, cocoa, green tea or and other plant foods. However, certain animal foods are also highly valuable due to their rich nutrient content, especially organ meats (also called offal), which is exactly why they have been included in traditional diets for thousands of years. The University of California’s Berkeley Wellness website states, “Ounce for ounce, liver is probably more nutritious than any other food”. Even though you may never have thought of it as being on par with foods like fruits and veggies, I’m here to tell you why it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, packed with vitamin A, iron, B vitamins (especially B12) and much more.
Chicken Liver is Loaded with Vitamin B12
The No.1 benefit is that it’s very high in vitamin B12. We know that vitamin B12 benefits red blood cell formation and improves cellular function. Eating foods that are high in vitamin B12 helps prevent prevent B12 deficiency, which can cause symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog and mood changes. We also need vitamin B12 for nervous system function, supporting our metabolism and for brain health.
Great Source of Active Vitamin A
Chicken liver is one of nature’s most concentrated sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that acts like an antioxidant, helping reduce inflammation through fighting free radical damage. It’s needed for vision and eye health, skin health, thyroid health, building strong bones, regulating gene regulation, facilitating cell differentiation, and supporting immune function. What’s important about the vitamin A found in liver is that it’s the active form (also called retinol), which only comes from animal-derived foods. Active, or preformed, vitamin A can be used directly by the body and does not need to first be converted like plant-based vitamin A (called carotenoids).
Truffle Pate is Very High in Iron, Helping with Anaemia Prevention
If you struggle with any type of anaemia, which is often tied to iron deficiency, then liver is one of the best foods to consume. It contains a powerful combination of folate, iron and vitamin B12. These are three vitamins and minerals you need in order to overcome anemia naturally and prevent or treat symptoms like low energy, fatigue, irregular menstrual cycles or neurological issues. Menstruating females, pregnant women, nursing mothers and vegetarians/vegans should be especially careful to get enough iron from their diets.
High in Vitamin B6, Biotin and Folate
In addition to vitamin B12, chicken liver is high in vitamin B6, biotin and folate. These B vitamins, especially folate, help your body with something called methylation as well as cellular function. An important folate-dependent reaction in the body is the conversion of the methylation of deoxyuridylate to thymidylate in the formation of DNA, which is required for proper cell division. When this process is impaired, this initiates megaloblastic anemia, one of the hallmarks of folate deficiency. Liver also supplies smaller amounts of nutrients, including copper, zinc, chromium and selenium, which have far-reaching benefits for your metabolism, central nervous system and endocrine systems.
Great Food for Fertility and During Pregnancy
Chicken liver and other livers are practically the perfect food for pregnant women, providing protein, B12, iron, folate and other key nutrients for reproductive health and foetal development. Pregnant women, or women who are nursing, need even more B12 than normal to help with growth and development of their babies, including the brain and organs.Folate is also especially important during pregnancy because it helps prevent birth defects. Folate (the natural form, as opposed to synthetic folic acid) aids in prevention of neural tube defects and serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Pregnant women are at higher risk of iron deficiency due to the increase of iron demand, making iron-rich foods essential since iron plays a role in the transfer of oxygen to tissues, including the placenta. Liver and other grass-fed organ meats are also a good source of protein during pregnancy. Pregnant women should aim to eat at least three servings, or 75 grams, of protein per day. Chicken liver also provides activated vitamin A for pregnant women that helps with reducing oxidative stress.
Helps with Detoxification and Supporting Liver Function“Isn’t your liver toxic; doesn’t your liver deal with toxins?’’ Actually, toxins are cleaned by your liver, but they are not stored in your liver. Your liver helps filter waste and toxins from your blood so they can be removed from your body, but it requires essential nutrients to work properly. Your liver is also responsible for metabolising drugs, hormones and medications, plus helping make proteins that are needed for blood clotting. B vitamins that are found in liver, especially folate, help with cellular functions, so they help support your body’s detoxification pathways. This means that consuming liver actually helps your own liver function better. In fact, consuming liver is actually an effective liver cleanse, especially when it’s part of an overall healthy diet, because it provides your body and liver with all the nutrients you need in order to eliminate waste from your system.
Good Source of Protein
Eating between one to three ounces of chicken liver provides about seven to 21 grams of quality protein. The macronutrient protein helps with dozens of functions in the body, including maintenance of muscle mass, which is especially important as we age. We also need enough protein to help with tissue repair, recovery from exercise, for growth and development during childhood, for controlling our appetite, producing hormones, forming our skin and hair, and for many more bodily processes.
Taste Black Gold’s Black Truffle Pate
Our Black Truffle pate only contains 18% of chicken liver as its strong taste can easily overpower the truffle.