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# Is it true that eating polar bear liver is poisonous to human beings, and if so, why?

Question #73586. Asked by hohohaha. (Dec 21 06 5:06 AM)

skysmom65

Inuit (Eskimo) people hunt the polar bear for fur and meat but cannot eat its liver, since its high content of vitamin A makes it poisonous for humans. So, be careful if you run across polar bear on a menu - 500 grams of polar bear liver will deliver about 9,000,000 IU vitamin A to your diet - a very lethal dose. Headaches, blurred vision, loss of hair, drowsiness and diarrhea, enlargement of the spleen and liver can all be indications when your intake is too high. http://www.waza.org/virtualzoo/factsheet.php?id=112-002-005-002&view=Marine%20Mammals

 Dec 21 06, 7:04 AM

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