How fat is your meat?
With game meats clocking in as some of the leanest, let’s look at a few other selections…
Most of us humans are omnivores. That means we eat both plant and animal based foods. The vast majority of human dietary protein is derived from animal based foods.A quick review of nutritional biochemistry states that protein is made of amino acids, substances that are required by humans to live. Because most of you have already begun to tune me out, I will periodically insert words to hold your attention. Kim Kardashian. Humans can manufacture all but nine of these amino acids and must consume these in their diet. Complete proteins, those which contain adequate quantities of the nine essential amino acids, are found in eggs, dairy, and the flesh of animals, fish, shellfish, and mollusks. Soy beans are the only plant based food that may be considered a complete protein. Twerking.
The only food that we know humans have consumed throughout their existence is the flesh of animals. Yes, I realize fruit has been around awhile, but fruit grew naturally in a relatively small percentage of the world, is extremely seasonal, and simply did not exist in sufficient quantities to have been a staple for most of the world’s tribes. In other words, until agriculture took hold, fruit was not a main caloric source year-round, if at all. Nuts and legumes were probably the first plant food source to become a staple, because they could be stored for some time, but still not readily available worldwide. What were available were fish and animals. Tribes tended to inhabit areas where these were located in abundance.
Other than some fatty acids that humans require, the only other absolute dietary requirement is protein. This presentation will focus on meat source proteins, leaving eggs and dairy for another day. We are apparently meant to consume flesh, although I wonder what humans ate before we mastered fire. We are not particularly fast or powerful as a species. Before hunting existed we were probably scavengers. I bet it was easier to maintain a lean “six-pack” when your diet was the dead carcass of something you found by the trail. “Are you gonna eat all that possum belly and intestines?!?”
The meat our ancestors ate was probably extremely lean, as true game meat is today. Lab results for wild deer reveal this meat to be 96%-99% lean. That makes sense considering the life of a deer consists of grazing on grass and running for its life. I bet if we gave it a flat screen and an iPad we could “plump ‘em up” in a hurry. Just sayin’.
With game meats clocking in as some of the leanest, let’s look at a few other selections. The portion size will be 4 oz., about half the serving size at restaurants, about ¼ the serving size at my house (just kidding… kinda).
|Shrimp||120 cal, 1 gram fat|
|Crab||130 cal, 1.5 g|
|Lobster||130 cal, 1.5 g|
|Lobster w/ butter||1,000,000 cal|
|Cod||120 cal, 1.5 g|
|Tuna||120 cal, 1.5 g|
|Tuna salad (Mom’s)||350 cal, 15 g (mostly Mayo & cheese)|
|Salmon (wild)||160 cal, 7 g (very healthy Omega-3 fats)|
|Salmon (farmed)||215 cal, 13 g (not quite as healthy)|
|Catfish (fried)||350 cal, 15 g (not at all healthy, but yummy)|
|Chicken (white)||140 cal, 2 g|
|Pork Tenderloin||150 cal, 2 g|
|Sirloin (92%)||200 cal, 5 g|
|Beef Tenderloin||200 cal, 5 g|
|Longhorn Beef||150 cal, 2 g (This is 95% lean)|
|Ham (96%)||140 cal, 2 g|
|Pork Ribs||280 cal 15 g|
|Pork Ribs w/sides||Bazillion cal, (oodles of fat)|
|Squirrel||120 cal, 1 g (Granny & Uncle Jed’s fav)|
There you have it, a few selected morsels for your consumption. Consult a nutritionist or dietitian to construct a meal plan. Consult a psychiatrist if you regularly eat squirrel.
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