BENEFITS OF THE OSTRICH MEAT
In a world increasingly concerned with the food quality, ostrich meat has become an integral part of a balanced diet, which allows food-enthusiasts to enjoy the taste of an extraordinary fillet or roast, knowing, at the same time, that it is a healthy choice.
When it comes to meeting your protein requirements by eating meat, ostrich meat is a healthier choice compared to most other meat products around. Though somewhat similar to beef in terms of texture, taste and appearance, ostrich meat, a red meat, is better when it comes to health benefits. Already a common item on the menu list of top restaurants everywhere in the world, ostrich meat comes in different forms as ground, delicate part of the loin and steaks. You can also prepare and enjoy your ostrich same way you would turkey, chicken, or pork.
The health benefits of ostrich meat are quite significant. It is protein rich, and does not have unhealthy fats in it. As indicated by its deeper red color, the iron content in ostrich meat is higher than that found in lamb, pork, beef or turkey. It also has lesser calories and cholesterol in comparison to its close substitutes. Due to its ideal PH level, ostrich meat assists in fighting against salmonella and E-coli. The fat in ostrich meat is less than half of the fat in chicken, and the fat in pork is two-thirds greater than that in ostrich meat.
Who can benefit from ostrich meat?
People concerned with a healthy life style, who pay attention to their figure: ostrich meat has high L-carnitine content, the protein which is responsible for the intracellular metabolization of fat, transforming it into energy. Ostrich meat has low fat and cholesterol content and also, its calorific values are very low.
The elderly: ostrich meat is easy to digest and easily chewable, due to the low content of the saturated fat and the increased values of collagen.
Those who suffer of cardiovascular disease: ostrich meat is low in sodium, has high content of creatine and protein, that has a role in regulating the energetic metabolism of the heart.
Hypertensive: ostrich meat is high in unsaturated fats (Omega 3 and Omega 6), which help to reduce the concentration of cholesterol in the arteries.
Athletes: ostrich meat is free of growth hormones, antibiotics and it is high in protein.
Pregnant women, children and adolescents: ostrich meat is suitable for anti-anemic diets and growing individuals, due to the increased values of iron and generous amounts of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.