Simple Reasons to Try Game Meat

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Have you ever tried game meat? Do you know what it is? Game meat is any animal hunted for food or not normally domesticated.

The recent popularity of the Paleo diet has people asking more questions about the meat in their diet. More people are open to trying game meat. You might be wondering which kind to try and what the benefits are.

Below is a table with common nutrition facts comparing one ounce of raw meat from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

Nutrient

GF* Beef

GF* Bison

Deer

Elk

Moose

Caribou

Antelope

Calories

57

41

34

31

29

36

32

Total Fat

3.8g

2.0g

0.7g

0.4g

0.2g

1.0g

0.6g

Saturated Fat

1.6g

0.8g

0.3g

0.2g

0.1g

0.4g

0.2g

Protein

5.8g

5.7g

6.5g

6.5g

6.3g

6.4g

6.3g

Iron

0.6mg

0.8mg

1.0mg

0.8mg

0.9mg

1.3mg

0.9mg

GF* = Grass Fed

As you can see, game meats are lower in calories, total fat and saturated fat. However, protein and iron are more concentrated compared to grass fed beef and bison.

Most importantly, you never have to worry about the quality of the feed or farming techniques since the animals are wild! Eating wild game carries a much lower environmental impact than farmed meat.

Maybe it’s time to branch out and try something new. A varied diet is always advantageous, so reach out to friends or local hunters to find some new foods. You never know where your taste buds will lead you!

By Korrin Fotheringham, MS, CN, Bastyr dietetic intern, and Debra Boutin, MS, RD, chair and dietetic internship director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.

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