Monday, September 24, 2012

Lamb's Nutritional Profile

I made lamb burgers for dinner last night using ground Icelandic lamb from Whole Foods. The flavor was sublime. (Was it the meat or the chef?) 

We don't eat that much lamb in the United States, which is a shame, since it's delicious and very healthy.

According to the World's Healthiest Foods website,
"Lamb is seldom mentioned as a significant source of omega-3 fats, but can provide a valuable amount in the diet, at approximately 50% the amount provided by cod fish or tuna on an ounce-for-ounce basis. Lamb can also contain valuable amounts of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a cardioprotective fatty acid. Lamb is a very good source of immunity-supportive protein and selenium. It is also a good source of heart-healthy vitamin B12 and niacin; blood sugar-balancing zinc; and energy-producing phosphorus."
However, just like with chicken, beef and pork, make sure to buy grass-fed lamb, which is a far superior product than grain-fed.  (The lamb from Iceland and New Zealand available at Whole Foods is 100 percent grass-fed.)

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