Beef has always been the most popular option when it comes to the red meat industry, however, specialty and exotic meats have been popping up more and more in recent years and may start giving red meat a run for it’s money.
Places like Bareburger, at their various locations on the east coast, have been serving organic, free-range burgers since their birth in 2009.
What started out by saying “let’s create a healthier burger” has turned into a phenomenon of serving exotic meats like Elk, Wild Boar, Ostrich, and more.
And these meats are, in fact, healthier options than regular beef as you’ll see below. In today’s article we will be covering 4 different meats that are better for you than regular old beef.
So the next time you see these on a menu or at the store, be sure to give them a second look:
From nearly being extinct to now having over 200,000 bison roaming the green grasses of the United States, this meat is known for being low in fat and high in protein.
One of the best things about bison is that they roam free the majority of their lifetime, unlike many beef cattle in the United States.
In just 100 grams, bison packs over 21 grams of protein and just 1.8 grams of fat. And because bison is becoming more popular, you can find this meat for just a few dollars more than regular beef.
With over 1,000 growers now raising Ostrich, this meat is slowly becoming more popular. This tastes very similar to beef, however, has more protein and less fat. Packing just under 22 grams of protein per 100 grams, you can’t go wrong with this meat.
Bigger than deer but smaller than Moose, the elk is a bit more “gamey” tasting than beef, and has 23 grams of protein and just 1.4 grams of fat per 100 grams.
Although it can be a bit more pricy, if you are a hunter or know some hunting friends, ask for this stuff! It’s well worth it.
4. Wild Boar
Although many people think of the wild boar as a pig, it’s drastically different. The wild boar is an incredibly aggressive animal and have even been known for killing tigers in self defense.
Becoming more and more popular to eat in recent years, the wild boar is prepared just like pork, however, tastes very different. Plus, the nutrition facts on this hairy pig cannot go unnoticed.
With almost 22 grams of protein and just 3 grams of fat per 100 grams, the wild boar is always a good option to eat.
As you can see, there are plenty of great meat options that you can choose from instead of just the regular beef or chicken.
So try switching it up every once in a while with one of these four exotic meats. You definitely won’t regret it 🙂
Looking for a nutrition plan where you can incorporate these meats? Try the Daily Shred Diet today!