Ostrich

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Ostrich is a red meat that tastes similar to beef but it is even lower in calories, cholesterol and fat than beef, chicken and turkey. The meat contains only 2 grams of fat per 3 oz serving, which is about 3-5% of your daily value. It is a great source of both iron and protein, specifically, complete proteins, which contain all 9 of the essential amino acids our bodies need. A wide variety of organizations like the American Heart Association, American Cancer Association and American Diabetic Association all recommend Ostrich meat as a healthy source of protein.

Nutritional Comparison of Ostrich Meat to Other Types of Meat
Serving (3 oz.) Calories Protein (grams) Fat (grams) Cholesterol (mg)
Ostrich 97 22 2 58
Bison 85 18 2 49
Chicken 140 27 3 73
Turkey  135 25 3 59
Beef (lean, steak) 240 23 15 77
Pork (lean, loin) 275 24 19 84

 

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