Friday, March 9, 2012

Meat Games

Frequently ask question.

Is rabbit food healthy food? How does it compare with other meats? And where can you easily get it? Since the myxomatosis scare, there seems to be little demand for it -but I have recently seen packs of frozen rabbit from China on sale.

Is there a future for rabbit meat as part of a good diet, or should it be avoided because of the myxomatosis fear?

The Answer

No doubt the vision of fluffy hopping animals would put many a purchaser off, but this is an emotive and purely personal response. As in our research, in China, France and many Mediterranean cuisines, rabbit is a hugely popular and cheap dish - typically used in casseroles with rich sauces.

And the fact is, although rabbit might be an acquired taste, it offers several health benefits and perhaps should be considered more often as a menu option.

Rabbit tastes a little like game, or strong-flavoured chicken - similar to the flavour you get from some organic chicken from small suppliers.

In terms of nutrition, it has a lot in its favour. Rabbit is a good source of iron, a mineral we sometimes forget is essential for growth. One of the main reasons why we wean children from milk on to solid food is that milk doesn't give them the iron their body needs as they develop beyond six months.

Eating rabbit would help replenish iron losses women experience during their monthly cycles.
But perhaps one of the main reasons why we should take note is that rabbit meat's fat content is similar to that of chicken or turkey - and much lower than the red meats such as beef. This means rabbit is good if you're watching your waistline.
It's also good in terms of cholesterol, as the amount of saturated fat it contains is low, so eating rabbit is less likely to produce what we call bad cholesterol (LDL ).
Since heart disease rates are worryingly high in Malaysia, maybe we should be less sentimental about these animals.
As for myxomatosis concerns, there are very high standards when it comes to ensuring that the meat from infected rabbits doesn't enter the food chain - so set those worries aside.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How Healthy is Rabbit Meat

The facts behind the rabbit nutrition in its meat and its value as a food source are glowing with positive points. It has half the calories of pork, less then half the fat of beef and is over 20% protein. Below are some simple tables and graphs comparing rabbit meat to other popular meats. Under that you’ll some rabbit meat facts that will give you further information; whether your planning a diet or just want to know more.

Rabbit Nutrition Information

The table below shows the value of one serving (1 lb or 299 grams). The daily value is calculated using a 2000 calorie diet:

If your like me, seeing the facts like that doesn’t say a lot. So I decided to compare with other types of meat to give me a better idea.

Comparing Calories Per Pound :

As you can see, the rabbit’s nutritional information for calories is the lowest. It is also worth pointing out that one pound of rabbit is far more filling then one pound of pork. Despite this, pork is over three times the calories!

Cholesterol (mg) per 500 grams*:
*500 grams is just over a pound

Cholesterol levels are a growing health concern and replacing the odd meal with wild rabbit meat might be a step in the right direction for you.

Comparing Fat percentages:

Yet again, rabbit comes out on top with an extremely low fat percentage, it also has the highest protein percentage, making the wild meat the best for dieting and muscle building.