Exotic Meat For Heart Health


American Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Exotic Meat For Heart Health  

   Exotic Meats, such as Ostrich, Alligator and Bison are quickly becoming a healthy-turn-to choice for meats. Healthy eating and living a healthier lifestyle has always been a priority for most Americans, but as this lifestyle shifts and evolves, so too does the ingredients that facilitate that effort. Getting enough “good” nutrition is a key player in this effort and new players are now being introduced to the game.

   Healthy eating and maintaining a healthier lifestyle does not necessarily mean you must NOT have this or that, although there is a lot of reality to that. A healthy diet also means to pick and choose foods that fill your nutritional and diet needs while being exciting, tasty and maybe a little adventurous at the same time.

 Three Exotic Meats To Try

   Here are three suggestions of meats that are loaded with protein, nutrition, excellent source of iron, omega-3’s and they are all very low in fat, good for the heart and have a superior flavor over regular Beef, Pork and Chicken.

American Alligator in a marsh
American Alligator in a marsh


   Alligator meat has been around for such a long time that most people do not blink at the suggestion of it being a main staple, or at least a tasty visitor in many daily meals. As common as eating Beef, Alligator is a staple in Louisiana, and can also be found in parts of Mississippi, Florida and Texas.

   Known for it’s flakey white meat, the Alligator is booming with a hoard of “good-for-you” things. Alligator meat is quite unique, compared to other popular meats such as Chicken, Beef and Fish and is high in protein and low in fat.  The most popular and arguably the best part of the meat is the tail. It has the texture similar to Veal (meat from calves) and the taste like the meat those of Chicken, Rabbit, or Fish.

WIld Bison on the prairie
Wild Bison on the prairie


   Bison is another high protein, low fat choice for healthy eating. Bison is mostly grass fed and free-range raised and provides the consumer with nutritional meat with as many Omega-3s per serving as Salmon and six times as much as grain-fed animals. Bison is a top pick for a healthy heart by the American Heart and American Diabetes associations. Grass-fed Bison also has four times more Vitamin E than Beef and is also a good source of Beta-Carotene which reduces the risk of Cancer.

Ostrich checking on her eggs
Ostrich checking on her eggs


   Do Ostriches really bury their head in the dirt? I DO have the answer to that question, but that is for another post on another day. Ostrich’s, like Bison, Elk and Wild Boar (and many others!) have been gaining strong favorable recognition as a major source of a protein rich diet. With an extremely low amount of fat and high amounts of flavor, nutrition and protein, the Ostrich is quickly becoming accepted as a taster, and healthier alternative to Beef patties.

A Comparison

   Comparing Ostrich to Chicken, Beef, Lamb and Pork, it has less than half the fat of Chicken and two-thirds less fat than Beef and Pork, less cholesterol than Beef, Chicken, Pork, or Lamb, fewer calories than Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey or Lamb, has more iron than Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey or Lamb, has more iron, is naturally rich in protein, and does not attract harmful bacteria like E-coli or salmonella because of it’s ideal pH balance.

  This is just the beginning of a long and growing list of good for you, exotic meats that have been around for a long time but are just now finding their footing in the spotlight. If you have ever simply wondered what some of these meats are like, I encourage you to reach out to my friends at Fossil Farms and give it a try.

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