The truth about ostrich meat

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30 May 2014

Not only is ostrich meat healthy, it has many nutritional advantages over many other types of meat and is readily available at Checkers. We speak to dietician Daleen Basson from the Training Science, Health and Wellness Centre in Bedforview to get the lowdown on the health benefits of the bird.

Not only is ostrich meat healthy, it has many nutritional advantages over many other types of meat and is readily available at Checkers. We speak to dietician Daleen Basson from the Trainin Science, Health and Wellness Centre in Bedforview to get the lowdown on the health benefits of the bird.

Although ostrich is classified as red meat, it has a very low fat content which is similar to the white meat category, says Basson.

Benefits of ostrich meat

  • Very low in fat and has a small amount of cholesterol
  • Good source of iron
  • Rich in Zinc
  • Sufficient calcium content and is very rich in vitamins B6 and B12
  • Low calorie content per portion compared to other animal protein sources

Ostrich meat is especially beneficial for people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, as the vitamin B12 boosts energy levels. Basson explains that the good thing about South African ostrich meat is that it is free of hormones and is very good quality. However, ostrich meat can be an acquired taste and if you’ve never eaten it before, it might be best to first try it as part of a stirfry, salad or hamburger patty.

When preparing it, keep in mind that it tends to become dry quite easily. Lightly fry in olive or coconut oil and do not overcook it. If you’re going for an ostrich steak, serve it with a berry or plum as it goes well with sweet combinations.

- Londiwe Dlomo

Additional sources: livestrong.com

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