Why Eat Venison
By: Allie D’Andrea
If I started by rattling off the numerous health benefits you would be missing the greater picture of why I eat venison. There’s a deep sentimental significance attached to a meal that I have procured, cleaned, and processed myself. It’s not as simple as it may sound. The hours upon hours of scouting, practicing, and hunting lead to a deeper experience when taking a bite. For me, the visceral connection with nature means a whole lot more than the nutritional benefits, and unless you are a hunter or tend to a garden that sense of satisfaction may not be relatable. Beyond the connection to your food, here are a few reasons as to why venison is a superior source of protein.
When compared to beef and pork…
- Venison is a high-protein meat that is low in fat and total calories. B vitamins and zinc are the most significant nutrient the meat contains.
- It contains more protein per lb.
- It contains less calories and saturated fat.
- It offers high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and a balanced omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
- It provides a good source of CLA, which may have benefits for human health.
- IT TASTES BETTER!
(nutrition profile for ground venison per 100 grams)
Not everyone wants to hunt, I get that. But if you are a meat eater there are ways in which you can enjoy the nutritional benefits and rich taste that venison provides without heading to the woods. You can find a friend who is willing to share some of their harvest or purchase farm raised venison (which is what you will be getting at a restaurant or grocery store).
I speak for the overwhelming majority of hunters when I say it’s not about blood lust or antlers above the fireplace. Hunting is about protecting wild places, ensuring the health and longevity of all species, fulfilling our desire to explore, creating lifelong memories with friend and family, challenging ourselves, getting lost in thought, appreciating the cycle of life, and eating like kings! Point being, if you’re not a hunter and ever find yourself engaged in conversation with someone who does, please keep the aforementioned in mind. Oh, and if you really want to “break the ice” ask them for some venison!
(Data is sourced from the USDA Food Composite Database)