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The Liver: Living Large

The liver is the largest organ in your body. An adult's liver weighs about three pounds and is reddish brown. Your liver is located on your right side underneath your diaphragm.

The liver has many jobs. It filters and cleans germs out of your blood and makes some of the proteins that circulate in your blood.

The liver is very important for digesting and storing the food you eat. For example, when you eat carbohydrates found in foods like bread or pasta, your body turns the carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). The liver stores some of this glucose in a form called "glycogen" in case you need it for energy later.

The liver makes "bile," which is a yellow juice your body uses to digest the fat in the foods you eat. The liver also stores vitamins B-12, A, D, E and K so they're ready when your body needs them.

Try these recipes that are good for your liver:
Rockin' Red Potato Salad
Tasty Tortellini Toss

Reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Panel, 2006