Exotic Meats: Calories & Nutrition Facts

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Exotic meats vary from domesticated meats not only in the number of calories but also in the carbohydrate, protein, and fat content. Refer to the calorie calculator for your favorite exotic meats to determine the calories and nutritional information.

Source of Lean Protein

Some types of exotic meats are lower in fat than domesticated meats which makes them a good source of lean protein. The fact that there are no carbs in exotic meats means that all of the calories come from either protein or fat. Venison provides nearly 24 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, compared to the 22 grams provided by pork. Refer to the calorie counter for exotic meats to determine the protein and fat content of each meat.

Fat Content

The nutrition facts for exotic meats vary greatly from one type to another, but you will find that many of them are lower in saturated fat than most domesticated meats. Ostrich meat, for example, is incredibly low in fat, having only 1 gram of fat per ounce. Bison meat is also incredibly lean, having only 10 grams of fat per pound, 3 grams of which are saturated – That equals less than 1 gram of fat per ounce.
Though exotic meats may differ from domesticated meats in terms of their nutrition facts, they still provide some of the same health benefits including reduced risk for heart disease and improved weight loss.

Reduced Risk for Heart Disease

The fact some exotic meats are high in fat may lead you to believe that they are bad for your heart. In reality, some exotic meats may be higher in dietary cholesterol than certain domestic meats, but they are also often lower in calories and saturated fats which means that they are a heart-healthy option. In addition, exotic meats also contain a much higher percentage of cholesterol-reducing polyunsaturated fats than most domestic meats.

Improved Weight Loss Results

Many health-related research studies have shown that an increase in lean protein intake coupled with a decrease in carbohydrate consumption may help you to lose weight. Your body utilizes the energy from protein more quickly than the energy from fat and more efficiently than it does energy from carbs. Thus, if you are trying to lose weight, swapping out some of the high-carb foods in your diet for lean protein from exotic meats may help you to reach your weight loss goals.