Nutritional Comparison of Meats

RDI5 Venison1 Ostrich1 Emu1 Bison1 Beef2 Turkey2 Elk1
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 fat3 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 B6 (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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