Venison & Game Meats: Calories & Nutrition Facts

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If you view the calorie counter for venison and game meats, you will find that the majority of the calories for these items comes from fats and protein – they contain no carbohydrate. Though venison and game meats do contain fat, it is often in a lower quantity than domestic livestock. Venison and game meats are also a great source of lean protein, as the calorie calculator will show.

Low Fat Content

Venison and game meats are comprised entirely of fats and protein, but many game meats are significantly lower in fat content than domestic livestock like beef and pork. For example, venison has an average fat content of 1.4% versus the 2.0% in beef and 4.9% in pork. Whereas domestic livestock often contain high levels of saturated fats, venison and game meats contain an estimated 5 times the amount of polyunsaturated fats as domestic livestock.

Lean Protein Source

The low fat content of venison and game meats contributes to it being an excellent source of lean protein. The fact that there are no carbs in venison and game 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 venison and game meats to determine the protein content of each meat.
Venison and game meats have very different nutritional profiles than domestic meats like beef and pork. The fact that venison and game meats are leaner and lower in calories contributes to a number of significant health benefits such as reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Reduced Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

The fact that venison and game meats contain no carbs, only fats and protein, may lead you to believe that these foods are bad for your heart. In reality, some venison and wild game is higher in dietary cholesterol than certain domestic meats, but the fact that venison and game meats are lowers in calories and have less saturated fats means that they are a heart-healthy option. In addition, venison and game meats also contain a much higher percentage of cholesterol-reducing polyunsaturated fats than most domestic meats.

Balanced Omega-3/Omega-6

Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats but they serve very different purposes. Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory while omega-3s are anti-inflammatory – thus, it is essential that you have the right balance of both. The benefit of venison and game meats is that they are higher in omega-3s and lower in omega-6s than domestic livestock.