Why to Eat Deer Meat?

Deer peeking out from a bush. Deer Jerky

So why should you eat deer meat?

We collected nice list of facts that should encourage you to eat more deer meat, maybe also partly in the shape of our jerky.

1. Deer Meat Tastes Delicious

Venison can taste absolutely delicious – when prepared and processed correctly! Now we all know that taste is definitely something that is completely subjective. Not everybody is going to like it. But if you are a meat eater and love other red meat, then chances are you will love deer.

2. Organic & Natural

Wild deer is more natural than most beef, pork and chicken found in supermarkets. Deer are born and bred in the wild and eat only natural food sources, mostly grass and acorns. Because many livestock growers try to get their cattle to a slaughter weight as quickly as possible, they pump them full of chemical enhancements.

Majority of the beef that is sold has been given loads of growth hormones, steroids, and antibiotics in order for it to increase in weight quickly which is totally understandable. Commercial beef is raised for the masses. By giving cattle these chemical enhancements it can cause them to double in weight at almost no cost, producing pounds of extra meat, for us the consumer.

However, many people are becoming more and more health conscious and are moving towards a more organic and natural way of eating. This is where venison is an excellent choice to replace beef. Unlike beef raised by humans in a cattle farm, venison is chemical and hormone free with no additives or antibiotic injections.

3. More Humane Choice

Eating venison is much more ethical than eating beef. Deer have lived a free roaming life, living with the law of nature. They haven’t suffered from confinement, antibiotics, abuse, or neglect and are hunted and killed in their own environment, where the smartest and luckiest animals survive and reproduce. We all know the destiny beef cattle meet. Majority are raised on a cattle farm, filled with chemicals and then slaughtered in packs in a slaughterhouse.

4. Helps Control the Deer Population

Hunting deer is an economical, practical, and effective means of controlling free-ranging deer populations and the hunters have taken the place of predators. Without this harvesting control, deer can overpopulate, destroy their natural habitat or adversely impact other species in the environment.

5. Helps Control Blood Cholesterol Levels

Venison has less cholesterol than turkey and chicken and is very low in saturated fats. It can also lower your LDL (low density lipoproteins) which are called the “bad” cholesterol and increase your HDL (high density lipoproteins) which are the “good” cholesterol.

6. Reduces the Risk of Heart Attacks & Strokes

Being high in B vitamins it helps break down protein, carbs and fat for energy and assists with red blood cell formation. Of those B vitamins, it is rich in B12 and B6, which may assist in lowering the build up of homocysteine in the blood therefore reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

7. Helps Regulate Metabolism

Venison is full of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin) which help regulate metabolism.

8. Deer Meat Keeps Us Slim

Having virtually no carbs and being lower in fat than beef, deer meat is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fatty acid and has DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA may help reduce triglyceride levels in your blood, which means less fat being transported to fat stores making it easier to keep your body fat down.

9. Alternative for Food Allergies

Some nutritional experts believe venison can help and sometimes reverse chronic conditions like food allergies, sporadic diarrhoea and other digestive disorders.

10. Contains High Level of CLA

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a natural trans fatty acid found in grass-fed animals that decreases body fat storage and increases lean skeletal muscle mass. Well guess what? Venison has loads of it. This also helps you keep slim and healthy.

11. Great for Bodybuilding

Venison is high in protein and is the perfect red meat to build lean muscle. It’s hard to find a meat that’s leaner than venison, and for bodybuilders trying to bulk up but also shred at the same time then eating deer meat may be a great substitute for the usual beef, fish and chicken. Incorporate this lean meat into your diet plan and watch the lean muscle pack on.

12. Keeps Energy Levels High

Venison is extremely rich in iron which keeps our energy levels high, makes us stronger and feel less lethargic.

13. Prevents Anaemia

Being high in iron, venison is good for iron deficiency anaemia prevention. Anaemia is when the level of red blood cells or hemoglobin is lower than it should be which in turn forces the heart to work harder to pump the right amount of blood to give the right amount of oxygen all around the body. Having anaemia can be exhausting and eating food that is rich in iron such as venison is a great way to prevent this.

14. Extremely Low in Fat

Using the same cuts of venison and beef from above, the beef steak contained 3.2g of fat in total and 1.3g of saturated fat. The venison steak contained only 1.6g of fat and of that only 0.9g of saturated fat. This shows that the venison steak contains 50% less fat in total than the beef and 31% less saturated fat. Venison also has less saturated fat than ham, lean roast meat and salmon.

15. Low in Calories

Using the same cuts of venison and beef, the beef contained 138 calories and the venison 129 calories in total. That is 7% less calories than beef.

 

Originally posted on Good Game Hunting: (http://www.goodgamehunting.com/27-benefits-of-harvesting-eating-wild-venison-a-look-at-venison-vs-beef/)

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