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08 Mar 2004

Chicken Livers - nutritional value
Is the content of chicken livers bad for you? I always thought it was a good source of iron, and my nine month old baby loves them. Yet I am told by someone that they are full of junk and waste products. Can you enlighten me please?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Polly
There are so many urban legends out there about foods, that I sometimes think we have not progressed beyond the Dark Ages! Chicken liver is an excellent food - rich in iron, vitamin A and fully available protein. Just make sure that you clean the livers well (soak in milk and discard the milk afterwards). Because they are so rich in iron and vit A and other nutrients you should use them in moderation for small children. Too much of a good thing can also have a negative effect. For example, if your child is taking a vitamin syrup which contains vit A, then eating chicken livers which are also a rich source of vit A could give cause hypervitaminosis (excess vit A intake). Moderation is always the key.
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DietDoc
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