Easter’s just passed, but I haven’t got around to doing a bit of research on whether lamb meat is good or not for us.
To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of this food.
And, on the other hand, I’ve always thought it can’t be that healthy.
Well, I was wrong! It turns out that lamb meat is quite healthy and should be included in our diets. Let’s see a few reasons.
Do you remember our various talks about omega 3 healthy fatty acids? Most of us think that this incredible nutrient can be usually found in some vegetables and fish. Nevertheless, it can also be found in lamb meat. Studies show that in countries which lack access to the sea – so they cannot really supply their population with fresh seafood – lamb meat is one of the best alternatives for providing omega 3.
However, lamb meat is not consumed only by populations located far from sea access; it is also part of the Mediterranean diet, leading to lower risks of cardiovascular disease. One of the reasons for lowering this risk is that lamb meat contains a good amount of antioxidants.
Another important pro argument which should convince you to eat lamb meat from time to time is that it contains a fairly large amount of B vitamins – especially B12. As you might know by now, this is an essential vitamin for the proper functioning of the brain. One serving of lamb meat per day accounts for 60% of the B12 amount you need every day in order to stay healthy.
If you take into account the fact that lamb meat is also low in calories, this food seems to be next to perfect. A serving of about 120 grams has about 250 calories, so it would be a good choice for lunch or dinner.
One last piece of advice: if you do decide on eating lamb from time to time, careful from where you buy it. Make sure that the lamb was bred and nourished properly. The healthiest lamb meat comes from sheep which were fed on pastures, outdoors, or the mother’s diet included grazing on natural pastures.
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