The popularity of elk meat is on the rise, as more people discover its excellent flavor and health benefits. A great source of protein, elk meat provides the high-nutrient content of conventional red meat, yet is naturally very lean.
In the past, only a hunter, or those privy to a hunter’s stash, could enjoy elk. Now days, we can all feast upon this magnificent game by becoming customers of elk ranchers. If you’ve never had elk meat, you should give this tasty, super nutritious food a try!
Calories. Who has not grown to hate this word? “How many calories does it have?” we ask. We have to pay attention to everything we eat these days. Hidden fats, calories and cholesterol plague us at every turn. There is usually an OK choice, a better choice, and an excellent choice for whichever type of food you are searching through at the grocery store.
Elk meat is one of those excellent choices. Low in “bad” fats, higher in “good” fats, and low in “bad” cholesterol, elk meat is a rising star among healthy foods. Specifically, one 3-oz. serving of roasted elk has: over 25 grams of protein with only 124 calories, 1.6 grams of fat, 62 mg. of cholesterol, your entire daily requirement of Vitamin B-12 and almost half of your riboflavin requirement! Other important nutrients in elk meat are the trace minerals of iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and magnesium. (This nutritional data is according to the USDA’s Nutrient Database, http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/5219).
Bull elk grow and then shed their antlers every year. An elk’s antlers will grow stronger and heavier, gaining in density each year as they mature, depending on genetics and environmental factors such as quantity and quality of feed. These powerful animals’ antlers are widely viewed as an indication of strength, stamina, and vitality. Their antlers are prized by many for their health-related properties, as well as their beauty & symbolic meaning:
• Elk antlers harvested from animals while “in the velvet” are considered by some to be highly valuable for certain medicinal purposes.
• Antlers of lesser value, those shed by the elk, are ground and processed by some for vitamin and mineral supplements.
• Beyond any edible properties, beautiful antler sets are used by furniture craftsmen and interior decorators to create unique custom home furnishings and add original style to a home or business.
Looking for elk meat for sale? Have questions or want more information on what all an elk producer has to offer? Consider Raven Ranch for answers. This Created in Colorado featured elk producer has been raising domestic elk in southwestern Colorado since 2000.
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