Today’s food is “Lamb”
Over the next few days I will be looking at a range of healthy foods, the nutrition they offer, and how they affect our bodies in positive ways.
As most of you are now well aware I am against supplements/powders/pills and potions, especially those still on the market full of chemicals and bad substances that have been banned in other countries. My aim is to get people away from the charlatans and non-natural food products that are pushed and promoted as healthy whilst actually being bad for us, lining the pockets of the sellers whom have no regard for our health. (http://www.naturallambcoop.com/nutritionalbenefits.htm)
Nutritional Benefits of Lamb
The iron found in lamb meat is in a form that is easily absorbed by the body. Lamb is an especially good source of easily absorbed zinc and iron. Today’s lamb meat is low in fat and is an excellent source of minerals. Lamb is also nature’s best source for amino acids.
1. Lamb is an excellent source of high quality protein.
2. Lamb is an ideal source of iron. An average portion can provide twenty percent of the recommended daily intake for men and twelve percent for women. The iron found in lamb and other red meat is in a form that is easily absorbed by the body. The inclusion of iron in the diet is vital in the formation of red blood cells.
3. Lamb provides forty-five percent of the daily requirement of zinc, essential for growth, healing and a healthy immune system. Like iron, the zinc found in lamb is more easily absorbed by the body than zinc found in other sources.
4. Lamb is a great source of B vitamins, essential for metabolic reactions in the body. It can provide over 100 percent of the daily requirement of B12 and is a good source of thiamine.
5. Lamb also contains trace elements such as copper, manganese and selenium.
6. As a result of improved breeding practices, feeding practices, and butchery and trimming methods, the fat in lamb has been greatly reduced over the past twenty years. For example, lamb leg steaks may contain as little as 5.1 percent fats.
7. Half of the fat in lamb is unsaturated, which is good for you. Most of the unsaturated fat is monounsaturated, commonly found in the healthy “Mediterranean-type diet.”