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Wild Game Nutrition Facts
While the act of hunting is enough reason to break out the camo and hit the woods, there are more benefits to hunting than you may think. Wild game is the ultimate organic meat, which houses numerous health benefits. From lower fat levels to high amounts of iron and zinc, you can count on wild game to be a healthier protein source when compared to beef. Plus, it’s cheaper than purchasing your protein at the butcher or grocery store. With that in mind, whether you are hunting deer, elk, bison, turkeys or ducks, here are a few more reasons to stock your freezer after your hunting trip is over.
One of the buzzwords in the food world right now is organic, which means that a product is produced without the use of chemical enhancements. As a nation, we are all concerned with where our food comes from and how it is harvested. Commercial livestock is typically treated with antibiotics or fed a processed diet. With wild fish and game, there are no antibiotics or growth hormones. Wild game is natural in every sense of the word, from lacking domestication and roaming freely to living on an all-natural diet. These elements lead to a healthier food source, which leads to a healthier you.
Low in Fat
Domesticated animals usually live on a diet of grain or corn, and they also have a lower mobility rate. Wild animals, on the other hand, roam freely and consume natural foods. The higher activity levels and varying natural diets lead to leaner meat with lower fat content. For instance, three ounces of venison has only three grams of fat, whereas three ounces of beef contains 18 grams of fat.
High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in cholesterol levels, digestion, heart function, immune system function and even the maintenance of skin and bones. Since wild game consumes naturally grown greens, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids are higher and the pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids are lower. The opposite is true of commercially raised, grain-fed beef. Because they have lower amounts of omega-6 fatty acids, wild game is a better protein source for people who suffer from arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
High in Iron and Zinc
Not only are wild game meats higher in protein, they are also packed with key nutrients. Iron and zinc are two nutrients that are significantly higher in wild game than commercially raised beef. Zinc contributes to a healthy immune system, and iron is crucial for oxygen to successfully travel to organs and tissues. An increase in iron can be especially beneficial to women, who are at an elevated risk for iron deficiency. Other wild game, like elk and bison, contain more vitamins and minerals, like vitamin B12 and phosphorus.
Now that you know about all of the nutritional benefits of wild game, what are you waiting for? Strap on your camo boots and start your hunt. It’s time to fill your freezer with healthy meat.