Carnivore diet

7 Tribes That Loved Beef Liver

7 Tribes

Your ancestors knew it. But you forgot. Liver was pivotal to evolution. It was reserved for those first who needed nutrients the most. Pregnant women and children.

People pounced on it like kids on kit kat bars today. There were no nutritionists telling them to eat it. They didn't even follow me on Twitter!

They just knew they felt better when they did.

There are examples throughout history.

But now we’ve forgotten and lost our roots. We’re hairless apes transported to a modern arcade.

Staples of society have been transformed into junk. Instead of liver, we drink watered down, toxic kale smoothies. We take pills.

But liver is unique in its nutritional benefits.

Adding it is like superman putting on his cape. It will transform you. Strip away layers of comfort. Build up your cells fresh.

Why Beef Liver May Be Beneficial

Beef liver is nature’s multivitamin.

Even though it hasn’t been getting the same attention as it used to, the liver is quite possibly the most nutrient-dense food on the planet.

Liver used to be an extremely popular delicacy before people started favoring muscle meats for their flavor. Often hunter-gatherers would go straight for the organ meat before anything else.

Most people assume that fruits and vegetables are the best way to get your essential vitamins and minerals but beef liver is loaded with even more nutritional value.

Just 100g amount of liver contains more than 100% of the recommended daily value for various micronutrients and it’s a great source of protein.

I’m not going to claim that without liver you’re going to fester away with scurvy. But according to the RDAs, without liver on the carnivore diet you’ll be getting suboptimal amounts of many nutrients.

Many carnivore dieters live by beef liver because it helps them get optimal amounts of vitamins A, B, E, D, choline, copper, and iron. Some of which are not present at all in steaks alone.

50g-100g of beef liver a day could help satisfy many nutrient needs. This comes out to approximately:

Staple foods in the carnivore diet

This is a big reason why so many people experience benefits when adding beef liver.

Couple this with some eggs, bone marrow and grass-fed muscle meat and you’ll be getting more nutrients than 99% of people.

7 Examples of Tribes Eating Beef Liver

Beef liver has always been a delicacy. For many primitive tribes, it was the first food they’d go after when killing an animal.

It was equivalent to Fruit Roll Ups for children. They couldn’t get enough of it.

Nature is simple. Our physiological response directed us to what our body required. And most primitive carnivores required the nutrients in beef.

This is what made it taste so good or why people craved it.

I know it’s hard to believe given nobody eats beef liver today. Below are some examples:

#1 West Nile Tribes

Dr. Weston Price traveled throughout Africa in the 1930s to examine dental health. He noticed that Tribes in Africa still eating primitive diets had little to no signs of tooth decay and beautiful teeth.

Meanwhile the United States counterparts were ridden with issues.

I envy these children who didn’t need head gear or rubberbands for all that time…

Man from the West Nile Tribe showing excellent teeth

According to Dr. Price, the children of the west Nile were highly immune to dental caries and were physically very healthy. The women were over 6 ft tall and many men were over 7 ft.

The people at the Nile prized liver as a sacred obsession:

I learned that they have a belief which to them is their religion, namely, that every man and woman has a soul which resides in the liver and that a man’s character and physical growth depend upon how well he feeds that soul by eating the livers of animals. The liver is so sacred that it may not be touched by human hands. It is accordingly always handled with their spear or saber, or with specially prepared forked sticks. It is eaten both raw and cooked — Dr. Weston Price <*>

#2 Outer Herbides

Tribes in the Outer Herbides exhibited a similar immunity. One of their dietary staples was a dish consisting of cod’s liver and cod’s head.

“This diet, which included a liberal supply of fish, included also the use of livers of fish. One important fish dish was baked cod’s head that had been stuffed with oat meal and chopped cods’ livers. This was an important inclusion in the diets of the growing children. The oats and fish, including livers, provided minerals and vitamins adequate for an excellent racial stock with high immunity to tooth decay.” <*>

#3 Comanche

The Comanche were one of the most powerful American Indian tribes in history. Their diet consisted largely of buffalo and meat.

The Children of the Comanche were obsessed with liver.

“Children would rush up to a freshly killed animal, begging for its liver and gallbladder. They would then squirt the salty bile from the gallbladder onto the liver and eat it on the spot, warm and dripping blood.” <*>

Comanche kids eating liver

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#4 Native Americans

Some other notable accounts of native American’s eating liver existed.

In The Ways of My Grandmothers, Beverly Wolf describes how they’d prepare the entire cow, nose to tail to be eaten. The liver, of course, was important:

“All the insides, such as heart, kidneys and liver, were prepared and eaten, roasted or baked or laid out in the sun to dry. The lungs were not cooked” <*>

Other Native Americans, called Mountain Men here, prized the liver even over the meat of the Buffalo. The lean meat was often discarded and left to scavengers, while the mountain men prized the fats and organ meats for themselves.

“When game was plentiful, however, only a few choice parts were taken, and the vast bulk of the meat was left to scavengers. The small and large humps were usually taken first….The tongue was removed by “ripping open the skin of the lower jawbone and pulling it out through the oriface. The heart and liver were added to the fare.”

When deprived of food for an extended period of time, Mountain Men would go straight for the liver and organs. They didn’t show much table manners either:

“When mountain men had been without meat for several days before slaying a buffalo, all traces of Anglo-Saxon civilization vanished instantly. The liver was torn from the body cavity. Bloody and unwashed, it was seasoned with gunpowder, or by squeezing the gall bladder’s contents over it, and then consumed without further preparation.”

#5 Inuit

Many carnivores have the false belief that the inuit avoid organs, just because Viljamurr Stefansson suggested that. However, there’s copious evidence that manl other inuit groups prized liver.

Additionally, according to Vilhamurr Stefansson, ““The groups that depend on the blubber animals are the most fortunate, in the hunting way of life, for they never suffer from fat-hunger”

Blubber contains substantial amounts of vitamin A and fat soluble vitamins, thus they may have been getting these needs elsewhere. If you’re avoiding liver just because Stefansson did, be careful unless you’re eating blubber. (If you are, please send me some).

The most comprehensive study of the Inuit found extensive variety in their food consumption:

“This included ringed seal meat, blubber, liver, flippers, heart, brain, eyes, intestine, ear, tongue, lungs, blood and stomach, bearded seal meat, blubber and intestines, narwhal and walrus meat, liver, heart, blubber, mattak, flippers and intestine, beluga meat, mattak, blubber and liver, polar bear meat and fat, caribou meat, brain, tongue, stomach contents and lining, heart, lungs, lips, cartilage, bone marrow and eyes, arctic char meat and skin, sculpin, halibut, cod and fish eggs, arctic tern eggs, seagull ptarmigan and various ducks and shellfish” <*>

Now that’s what I call a real salad.

Additionally, according to a study by Borre Clyde River inuit would first eat liver and the blood after killing a seal and then later move onto brain fat and meat. That’s a full 3 course meal.

On Lake Harbour on Baffin Island, men would eat the liver first and women would eat the heart. The remainder would be divided equally. Lastly, Grise Forde Inuit were known to consume the “the meat, blubber, liver, intestine and heart of ringed seals, preferring young seals. Dogs consumed the remainder of seals not eaten by humans.”

All in all, it’s clear that Inuit prized fat soluble vitamin intake and all of the vitamins in Liver.

Inuit tribe

#6 Neurs

Modern day Sudan is home to several tribes of great interest. They are known to be exquisite hunters and warriors.

One of the tribes, the Neurs is exceptional. They’re very tall. Women are over 6 feet tall and men over seven. Dr. Weston Price couldn’t find one tribe menter with a dental issue, so he was particularly interested in their dietary habits.

What did he learn?

Neurs believe that every man and woman has a soul that lives in the liver. And that how strong an individual depends on how well they feed that soul with the livers of animals.

Similar to the Church of Scientology requiring exorbitant payments, this church feeds off of the liver.

The liver was so sacred to them that they refused to touch it with their hands.

If only today we could replace the obsession with junk food with this religion.

#7 Nenets

Western Siberia is one of the most hostile places to life in the world. Residents do the exact opposite of what the western culture nutritional orthodoxy:

  • Eat a lot of meat
  • Fast frequently
  • Spend a lot of time in the cold
  • Only eat one type of animal for long periods of time

Yet they’re much healthier than we are. The culture of doctors, nutritionists, micromanagers. Where everybody cares so much more about their health, they’re less healthy.

One of their biggest secrets: eating nose to tail. They eat just about every part of the animal.

8-year-old children prize the raw liver. Meanwhile, most children in western society are fed Gerber and sugar infested junk.

And one of the region’s most prominent politicians eats liver almost every day <*>:

“Sergey Kharutsji…..his wife, Galina, and daughter, Oxana, serve up a diet not very different from that served in the chum: frozen reindeer meat, stroganina, raw reindeer liver and various other named and unnamed cuts. Oxana says that is what the family eats every day for most meals.”


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