I can’t wait until fall. There is nothing better than spending a cool morning in a tree, watching the world wake up. I am ready to hear the noise of a breaking branch that signals the approach of a whitetail heading my direction. I also can’t wait to fill up my freezer with organic free-range prime protein.
Yesterday I was reading a fascinating article that was discussing how childhood obesity rates were at high levels during the Great Depression. At the end of the article the author begins to dig into the connection between the consumption of meat, more specifically red meat, and obesity. The author concludes,
“Ethical arguments against meat-eating are always valid; health arguments against it can no longer be defended.”
Most hunters have had to defend the ethical aspects of killing a wild animal for table fare, but how many of us have thought about the health argument?
The fact is, wild game is much healthier than store bought meat…
3oz. Ground Venison
- 134 Calories
- Total Fat, 6g
- Saturated Fat, 2.8g
- Protein 18.5g
- Calorie Breakdown: 41% Fat, 59% Protein
3oz. Ground Beef (80/20)
- 213 Calories
- Total Fat, 16.8g
- Saturated Fat, 6.4g
- Protein 14.4g
- Calorie Breakdown: 71% Fat, 29% Protein
As you can see venison has just 62% of the calories and 35% of the total fat of ground beef, while packing 28% more protein! Venison is also naturally low in cholesterol, high in B-vitamins, Iron and other key nutrients. Venison that we obtain from hunting is also free from all the hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals that are used on animals raised for meat distribution and consumption.
Hunters should defend the ethics of killing game for meat, but we should also be quick to point out the health benefits of bringing home such quality meat for our families.