Nutritional

INTRODUCTION

Nutrients are the building blocks of food. They are needed for growth and to stay alive. Through the digestive system, the body takes nutrients to feed the body. The nutrients all have a value in the form of a contribution to the growth of the body and how efficient or inefficient the performance can be measured or noted.

The nutrients required and measured in meat products are proteins, fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins and also water.  To rank or rate a product the, the values of different types of meat is often compared to establish their nutritional value.  If the value of the nutrients is known, it can prove the impact on the body with a better understanding especially when one needs to compare the nutritious value of various meat products.

By understanding the nutritional values, one can combine and or portion the intake to create a balanced meal and focus on areas of the body where it may be needed or not.  The correct relation together with vitamins and minerals will ultimately ensure a balanced meal or intake.

PROTEINS

Proteins are molecules made from amino acids and are very important for all living things. Their main function is to build muscle, heal wounds and fight off infections. Proteins are also an essential part of our diet, as they provide some of the energy you get from your food.

The higher the protein, the more value can be added to the functions mentioned and less of it can be consumed to satisfy your bodies requirements.  A high protein diet may be required for various reasons, to survive with less or simply to grow quicker with more. The required proteins are normally absorbed by the body, the extra proteins the body get rid off without storing it.

This is why a high protein diet can be beneficial when one needs to consume little food and maximize its value. The opposite is also used by training the body to use the nutrients available rather get rid of them by exercising or building muscle.

So if you require the extremes, very little or in abundance, rabbit meat can assist to achieve your goals when it comes to building muscle, repair cells and maintaining your bodies growing functions.

FACTS:  Rabbit meat is the highest in protein of all animals farmed for human consumption.

By including rabbit meat in ones diet more valuable protein nutrients will be available to your body to use when compared to other proteins. Rabbit meat is a high protein source with a delicious flavour for consumption on a daily basis.

FATS  (CHOLESTEROL)

Fats are an important part of your diet because they provide energy and help your body to take in some vitamins. Too much bad fats can have a negative effect on your body.  We all know that a little bit of fat makes food taste nicer, but one should be aware of the negative effect on your health, especially when unhealthy fat directly relates to cholesterol.

Fats are present in most food types that are mostly protein sources required to grow and stay healthy.  So what is important to know?   Fats can be saturated or unsaturated.

Saturated fats are known as unhealthy fats because too much of them can have a negative effect on your body in the long term.

Unsaturated fats are the healthy ones with a positive effect on your body and usable by allowing other nutrients like vitamins to be absorbed by the body.  The consuming of fat is unavoidable when consuming meat, but caution must be taken to consume too much bad fat.  This is one direct cause of high cholesterol that leads to heart disease and heart attacks and also contributes to diabetes.

When consuming protein one must be aware of what meats have high unsaturated fats and avoid excessive consumption.

It is nice to know that there are options available and good news for people with heart problems or have high cholesterol.  Rest assured, rabbit meat is a good choice for your diet without having to crave good food and flavours on a regular basis.

FACTS:  Rabbit meat is not only lower in cholesterol than other meat choices but is also known to fight cholesterol due to a fatty acid profile that limits cholesterol levels.  

Rabbit meat has less than 8.5 % overall body fat and of that 60% is unsaturated or good fats that your body can use.  

The fat in rabbit meat is concentrated, meaning not interlaced into the meat, and by choosing the correct portion, almost all the fat can be avoided.  

CARBOHYDRATES

Carbohydrates are the main type of nutrient that your body uses as fuel. Glucose and starch are examples of carbohydrates, and it is important to control the number of carbohydrates you eat to avoid becoming overweight or to prevent problems like diabetes. This is what is meant when you read the phrase “as part of a calorie control diet”.  If you eat more carbohydrates that you can burn up as energy, they are stored as body fat.

The number of carbohydrates is measured in calories. Therefore it would be wise to consume or choose meat that has the least calories in order to assist with weight loss or prevent diabetes.

FACTS:  Rabbit meat when compared to other meats consumed by humans have the least amount of calories and can be used to the bodies advantage.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Most food products contain some form of minerals and vitamins essential in certain quantities for one’s body to extract from what we consume.  The value of these minerals and vitamins can be high or low, and by knowing what they are, we can choose to consume proteins with higher values, more beneficial to the body.

FACTS:  Rabbit meat is high in vitamin B12 needed by the central nervous system and metabolism to function properly.  It also plays a big role in the formation of red blood cells.

An 85-gram rabbit meat portion provides more than enough of the B12 vitamin intake that the body requires on a daily basis.  Your body has the ability to store a few years’ worths of vitamin B-12, so eating rabbit supplies you with not just your daily requirements, but a little extra as well.

Rabbit meat is also a good source of vitamin B3 that assists the body in converting carbohydrates to energy. This essentially means that it can aid the body in losing weight. The same 85-gram portion also includes about 35 % of the bodies daily required of vitamin B3 and is commonly known as niacin.  This vitamin also is used to produce a variety of sex hormones by the body.

Rabbit meat also contains quite a bit of selenium.  This mineral is used by one’s body to stimulate sperm production and create antioxidants.  The same 85-gram portion gives the body about 45 % of its daily requirement of selenium, and this can combat hardening of the arteries, as well as cancers such as stomach, lung, prostate and skin cancer.

The same 85-gram serving also provides you with about 22 % of the phosphorus you need in your daily diet. This mineral influences your body’s ability to use carbohydrates and fats, as well as the repair of cells and tissues.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are small molecules that counteract oxidative stress and help the body to stay healthy. The majority of antioxidants come from plant sources: fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Examples of antioxidants are polyphenols in green tea, anthocyanins in purple berries, resveratrol in red wine and lycopene in tomatoes. Some vitamins such as C, A and E, as well as minerals like selenium and zinc, are also potent antioxidants.

Rabbit meat is high in selenium.  It is a cell regenerating agent that fixes the bodies cells. It has a great effect on the skin which is the bodies biggest organ and assists with keeping the skin healthy.  Healthy skin means fewer wrinkles, and a neglected skin means more wrinkles. This is really self-explanatory and just a very good example of what we know today marries the old beliefs and myths before our time.

Furthermore, the high phosphorous content in rabbit meat also aids this process.

WATER

The body needs a lot of water to stimulate all the building blocks and functions, but water is a relatively cheap and freely available nutrient and can weigh in very expensively when valued as part of a high protein source. All meat products contain water, and although the water content has no nutritional value, it does play a big role in the composition of the meat impacting on texture, flavour and value.

FACTS: Rabbit meat only contains about 23 % water in comparison to chicken which could be as high as 63 % in its raw state.

Less water means better value when comparing the products nutritional value per weight.  Water naturally part of a product or meat is collective weighed as part of the body mass and regardless of the composition priced as per the overall value of a protein.

Less water also allows the product to be kept frozen for longer or frozen to a better quality for the same period.  This also means that other proteins especially meat that have a lower water content in their natural form (no brining) would probably be higher in nutrients as well.  So although the water in meat has no nutritional value, it sure contributes to the overall value and quality of the measured protein, especially when compared to rand value.