A Walk on the Wild Side: Your Guide to ‘Exotic’ Meats
Remember that totally awesome scene from I-CaveMan? You know, the one where that dude hits the elk with his atlatl and saves the village. Epic. Well, I don’t know about you but that meat looked pretty darn tasty to me. I’ve also been lucky enough to have enjoyed some elk in my day… In fact, the night before I won the Wyoming Marathon I dined on a couple elk burgers. Yep, I can see it now – “Elk – Dinner of Champions” – and let me tell you, Wheaties have nothing on this stuff. Okay, enough about elk – let’s talk wild and exotic meat in general. There is more to be had than the standard beef, pork, chicken, turkey and salmon. Seriously, it is a jungle out there – ostrich, bear, wild boar, kangaroo, turtle… And from a nutrition standpoint – if you aren’t walking on the wild side you are missing out! Now, I know some of these options might be hard (next to impossible) to come by, but if you have access to or an opportunity to explore the wide world of exotic meats throw caution to the wind and get wild!
Here’s a look at how some ‘crazy critters’ stack up nutritionally compared to the usual suspects…
Meat – raw wt
|The Usual Suspects:|
|Beef (ground 85/15)||215||19||15||6||2.0||2.2||4.6||4.5||15.8|
|Beef (ground, grassfed)||192||19||13||5||2.0||2.0||4.8||4.6||14.2|
|Beef steak (flank)||165||21||8||3.4||1.6||1.2||6.8||3.8||23.3|
|Beef steak (grassfed, strip)||117||23||3||1||1.9||1.3||6.7||3.6||21.0|
|Pork (loin/lean only)||143||21||6||2||0.8||0.6||4.9||1.8||36.1|
|The Wild and Crazy|
|Bison (grassfed, ground)||146||20||7||3||2.8||1.9||5.3||4.6||20.0|
Now that you have the facts you might be wondering if all these crazy critters really ‘taste like chicken’. Well check out this handy, “What Exotic Meats Taste Like” summary and wonder no more! And, as an FYI ‘the hunt’ has just begun. Stay tuned for posts on the nutritional merits of organ meats, an OMG (Omega Meat Guide) – omega fatty acid breakdown, AND a ‘Yes, Sir(loin) breakdown of different meat cuts of. So, lurking vegans and vegetarians beware; you won’t being seein’ any seitan here.
Until we ‘meat’ again!