Nutritional Comparison of Meats
(chart reprinted with permission of the American Emu Association)

 

RDI 5

Venison 1

Ostrich 1

Emu 1

Bison 1

Beef 2

Turkey 2

Elk 1

Protein (gm

50

26.5

26.2

28.4

24.2

25.0

27.4

26.6

Fat (gm)

<654

8.2

7.1

4.7

14.8

16.4

13.2

8.4

% Saturated fat 3

 --

52

30

25

44

39

26

48

Cholesterol (mg)

<300

98

83

87

85

81

102

78

Iron (mg)

18

3.4

3.4

5.0

3.1

2.4

1.9

3.3

Calories (kcal)

 --

189

175

164

237

255

235

190

Copper (mg)

 2

.13

.14

.24

.21

.09

.09

.14

Sodium (mg)

<2400

78

80

65

67

70

107

85

Magnesium (mg)

420

23.9

22.6

28.7

19.8

21

24

23.7

Manganese (mg)

 --

.013

.017

.030

.010

.016

.020

.011

Phosphorus (mg)

1000

228

224

269

184

160

196

221

Potassium (mg)

 --

364

323

375

306

312

270

354

Selenium (mcg)

 --

10

34

44

35

19

37

17

Zinc (mg)

15

5.2

4.3

4.6

4.3

5.4

2.9

6.6

Folic Acid (mcg)

420

8.2

14

9

15.1

9

7

7.7

Vitamin B12 (mcg)

6

2.3

5.7

8.5

2.3

2.0

.33

2.6

Vitamin B 6 (mg)

2

.47

.50

.83

.37

.27

.39

.42

Thiamin (mg)

1.2

.50

.21

.32

.12

.06

.05

.13

Niacin (mg)

16

9.3

6.6

8.9

4.9

4.7

4.8

5.3

Riboflavin (mg)

1.3

.33

.27

.55

.26

.26

.17

.32

Shaded areas indicate most desired in that classification

(gm=grams, mg=milligrams, mcg=micrograms, Kcal =kilocalories)

1   = Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, June, 2000 Alternative Meat Study funded by USDA

2   = Source: United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

3  = percent of fat composed of saturated fatty acids

4  = Based upon 2000 calorie diet

5   = Reference Daily Intake (National Academy of Sciences)

 

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