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Foie Gras Nutrition

Hannah Abaffy
  |   January 15, 2015   |  

Have a penchant for paté, but unsure if it’s part of a healthy diet? Read on and put those doubts to rest as we sort facts from fiction and debunk the myths surrounding foie gras!

A Rich History

Since man first began to write about food and the practices surrounding its preparation, liver has ranked above all other offal as one of the most prized. Whether mixed with truffles and cognac to create a refined patés de foie gras or savored by a victorious warrior on the battlefield, liver’s heritage is long and illustrious. 

Featuring prominently in cuisines around the world, some cultures placed such importance on this one food that human hands weren’t even allowed to touch it; special utensils made just for its preparation were used instead. During the Han dynasty, liver was listed as one of the Eight Delicacies. In fact, throughout most of recorded time, humans have chosen liver over steak, regarding it as a source of great strength.

Your Favorite Superfood 

So what’s so special about liver? In simplest terms, gram for gram, liver contains more nutrients than any other food, providing not only high-quality protein but also folic acid, Iron, CoQ10, and a handful of essential trace elements, not to mention a concentrated source of vitamin A and all the B vitamins. A veritable superfood, all these excellent nutrients make it into your Foie Gras, so don’t be afraid to savor a slice or two.

The Good Fats in Foie Gras 

Rich, decadent, and bursting with savory flavor, Foie Gras feels like an indulgence because it is. High in fat and calories, its luxurious texture and voluptuous characteristics are not the signs of a food that is bad for you but rather one that promotes health! 

While many are still fearful of fat, if modern nutritional research has taught us anything, it’s that certain fats, like the monounsaturated variety found in Foie Gras, are an excellent addition to a well-balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. They work by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and raising the good. Highly anti-inflammatory, regular intake of this decadent food may help lower the risk of heart disease. So indulge with abandon, knowing that your favorite luxe ingredient is good for you! 

Eat like The French

Known for their rich foods and comparatively indulgent diets, the French lifestyle has long baffled the modern eater. But gourmands and food enthusiasts know that avoiding good animal-derived fats is not the key to health, but rather, the inverse that is true. Loaded with saturated fats from triple cream cheeses, butter, eggs, sausages, and meats these calorie-dense foods promise flavor as well as excellent nutritional benefits. 

And what better proof is there than the fact that the French have lower rates of coronary disease than many other Western countries? In the Gascony region, where goose and duck liver form a staple of the diet, this rate is the lowest in the country! 

Foie Gras In Your Diet 

From pan-searing slices or chunks to enjoying it in terrines, patés, torchons, or mousse, there’s no end to the delicious ways to relish the tastes and textures of premium foie gras! An important part of a varied and wholesome diet, indulge in your bloc, mousse, or lobe of foie gras without the guilt, and what better to pair it with than a glass of antioxidant-rich French wine? Bon appetite!

Questions and Answers

Q:Is Foie Gras Good for You?
A:As with all foods, it’s best to enjoy it in moderation, paying attention to portion size so as not to overindulge in this luxurious fare. With that being said, liver offers many health benefits and should be in your regular meal rotation, and what better way than in its most delicious form?
Q:What are the Pros and Cons of Foie Gras?
A:A highly fatty food: it’s easy to consume far too many calories in one sitting when eating Foie. But its excellent variety of vitamins and trace minerals, along with a hearty serving of protein and iron, make it a veritable superfood!
Q:Is Foie Gras bad for Cholesterol?
A:Contrary to what the health industry said for many years, consuming animal fats does not increase your chance of heart disease or increase unhealthy levels of cholesterol. In fact, regions that eat the highest amounts of liver, as in the south of France, experience the lowest levels of coronary disease!
Q:@ALAN TAYLOR 1 oz is typically considered 28 grams. That's what us countries still using the stupid imperial units get.
A:1 oz is the equivalent to approximately 28.35 grams.
Q:Why would you mix units by talking about a 2oz serving and then how much fat in grams??
A:The nutritional values are expressed in metric values and daily percentage values. The portion size in the US will typically be noted in the US customary units (oz, fl oz, etc.). 2 oz will be the equivalent of 56.7g.

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7/27/2016
One of my favorite foods in the world, I use it madly! Now I know it's on my keto diet, oh for a crust of baguette! Thanks, G
Sandi Gillispie from Naples, FL

Author

Hannah Abaffy

Chef-Copywriter-Sultan of Sweets

Working in the hospitality industry for well over a decade, Chef Hannah Abaffy has held every position available in a restaurant kitchen. From line cook to executive pastry chef, she calls on her ten-plus years of work in the field and her culinary degree to write about our gourmet ingredients and craft informational articles and blog posts that will help you elevate everything from a wedge of cheese to a lobe of foie gras.

From working with food every day to writing about it, Hannah is now a contributing author for Gourmet Food Store, along with her work helping restaurants develop recipes and craft menus and running her award-nominated food history blog Milk and Honey.

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