Game – What’s it got going for it?

Ok, so you’ve heard game is good for you… here’s why…

Game is wild, natural and free range and if you are looking for something low in fat and cholesterol, game is a delicious and healthy alternative to many other red meats.

Results* from research commissioned by the Game-to-Eat campaign**, suggest that there are real health benefits to eating game. Venison is high in protein, low in saturated fatty acids and contains higher levels of iron than any other red meat. Pheasant and partridge also contain a high level of iron, protein, vitamin B(6) and selenium, which helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

*C/O Game To Eat Campaign

** Leatherhead Food International Research 2006

 

Nutritional analysis of raw meat samples

Partridge

Pheasant

Venison

Lamb

Beef

Turkey

Chicken

Energy (kcal/100g)

112

119

104

172

191

111

105

Energy (kJ/100g)

476

505

442

720

800

469

443

Protein (g/100g)

25.8

27.1

23.4

20.8

23.1

25.2

20.1

Fat (g/100g)

1

1.2

1

9.9

11

1.1

1.5

Cholesterol (mg/100g)

85

66

85

90

99

65

90

Saturated fatty acids (g/100g)

0

0.39

0

4.75

4.39

0

0.5

MUFA (g/100g)

0

0.54

0

3.76

5.31

0

0.58

PUFA (g/100g)

0

0.21

0

0.96

0.81

0

0.35

Vit B1 (mg/100g)

0.03

0.023

0.021

0.052

0.039

0.073

0.15

Vit B2 (mg/100g)

0.015

0.019

0.011

0.022

0.033

0.013

0.012

Vit B3 (mg/100g)

2.67

3.77

1.64

7.62

9.34

5.75

6.3

Vit B6 (mg/100g)

0.13

0.061

0.061

0.053

0.074

0.11

0.11

Vit B12 (ug/100g)

0.94

0.57

0.34

Vit D3 (ug/100g)

0.12

Iron (mg/100g)

0.7

1

2.4

1.6

1.4

0.2

0.2

Sodium (mg/100g)

37

40

44

43

49

64

37

Zinc (mg/100g)

0.7

0.8

1.8

2.5

3.5

1.2

0.5

Selenium (mg/kg)

0.43

0.37

0.04

0.08

0.04

0.1

0.1

Ash (g/100g)

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.1

1

1.2

1.2

Total solids (g/100g)

27.1

28.8

26

31.5

34.7

26.6

25.5

 

Further to the high nutritional value of wild game, is the knowledge that no added substances have been added to the meat.

And these aren’t some smelly old chickens from some dirty great factory…

In terms of welfare, it doesn’t really get better than game. Yes the birds are reared in sheds for a few weeks, but then what? They are released onto open land; this is free range on a whole new level. The death is almost always instant and being shooed out of a bush after a good mornings feed is rather less stressful than being stuffed into a crate, onto a lorry, and into a slaughterhouse.

And as for the Venison, we use Certified National Trust meat from the wild moor itself, born free…as free as the wind blows… as free as the grass gr… you get the picture.

So if your conscience is telling you to think about the truth behind what goes on your plate… eating game should keep it quiet.