Protein, Fat, Vitamins: Duck’s Got It All
Paleo? Crossfit? Maybe not that extreme but definitely keeping a serious eye on the waistline and total health plan? Maybe it’s time you took a second look at duck meat, because while it’s long on flavor, you might not realize the other key health benefits of this delicious and rich meat.
If cholesterol has been a problem for you in the past, and you’ve given the axe to any dietary meats, it’s possible you’re struggling to find the necessary protein to put back into your diet. But consuming meats like duck in moderation can be an excellent substitution if this is your situation, and you won’t have to omit meat from your diet all together. SO what else is wonderful for the diet when it comes to duck meat?
Nutritional Benefits: What You Get With Duck
Surely, duck won’t end up being the protein you put on the dinner table every single day — because it tends to be a fattier form of fowl (compared to chicken or turkey, for instance), the richness can sometimes be overwhelming, and the fat content — less than desirable. But the USDA has stated that the meat from duck contains no carbs, fiber or sugar, all of which is best left out of a healthy diet, especially when Paleo is in play. While these things are off the table, duck does provide a terrific source of protein, B vitamins and iron, too.
When it comes to the protein that one can find in duck meat, there are more than 23 grams of protein inside of every 100 grams of skinless roasted duck meat, amounting to almost half of your daily protein requirement. And really, if consumed in moderation, the fat in duck meat is fairly high in quality (50.5% monounsaturated and high in linoleic acid; 35.7 % saturated; 13.7% polyunsaturated containing Omega 6 + 3 essential fatty acids).
The vitamins inherent to duck meat include: riboflavin (0.5 mg per 100 g of meat); niacin (5.1 mg per 100 g of meat); thiamine (0.3 mg per 100 g of roasted meat); pantothenic acid (1.5 mg per 100 g of meat); vitamin B6 (0.3 mg per 100 g of meat); vitamin B12 (0.4 mg per 100 g of meat). But that’s not all… Minerals include selenium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, copper and sodium, among others.
Online Resources for Health Benefits of Duck Meat and Fat
Health Benefits of Duck Fat from Greenmarket Recipes.
Discover Duck: Tastes so great, you might not know it’s a healthy choice, from Maple Leaf Farms.
Fat is back: Rediscover the delights of lard, dripping and suet, from The Independent.
FAQs About Duck, from Culver Market.
Duck: the other bird to be thankful for, from Erin Hessel.
DUCK: All it’s quacked up to be, from Business People.