Studies

The ostrich meat is red meat and is very similar in taste and texture to veal and beef depending on the age at which they are slaughtered. It is high in protein yet low in fat. A recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) publication compared the nutritive value of chicken and beef with that of ostrich meat.

 

Per 100 g raw meat

Ostrich

Beef

Chicken

Protein (g)

21.9

20.0

21.4

Fat (g)

1.0

15.6

2.6

Cholesterol (mg)

63

86

74

Energy (cal)

114

276

163

Calcium (mg)

5.2

9.0

13.0

The study indicates quite clearly that ostrich meat is far better from the health point of view as it contains far less fat, and particularly less cholesterol, than other types of meat. Lately, with greater consumer awareness of the problems of high cholesterol levels in the blood and the possible association with increased incidences of heart attacks and cardiovascular difficulties, the demand for ostrich meat in the international markets has been growing. The latest statistics show that current ostrich meat production is not enough to meet the increasing demand, whether in Europe, North America or Japan. It is expected that during the next decade, ostrich meat may gradually replace traditional types of meat. It’s so lean as to be chewy and your arteries will be obliged.