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Is Venison a Healthy Alternative to Beef on the Paleo Diet?

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Date Posted: 04-09-2014

As specials rotate weekly over at Dick’s Kitchen in Portland (a new-style diner specializing in Paleo-inspired eating), we often end up landing on the venison burger, as is the case this week. Learn more about the DK Specials here: Dick’s Kitchen PDX. In the meantime, we thought we’d do some investigating into the health benefits of eating high quality venison meat, in order to see just how well it stacks up against grass fed and finished beef.

Venison: Long on Protein, Short on Saturated Fat

If you’re minding your diet, then you’ll love the fact that venison is very low in its saturated fat content, while still providing your body and your diet with plenty of the protein that you need. In a four-ounce portion of venison, you’ll find over eight percent of the daily protein you need, and it won’t cost you but right around 180 calories and just over 2 grams of saturated fat. That says nothing of the other good things you’ll find in venison, including loads of iron.

Venison: Other Health Benefits

Venison is also a tremendous source for Vitamins B12 and B6, as well as riboflavin and niacin. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods site, “Vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 are both needed to prevent a build up of a potentially dangerous molecule called homocysteine in the body [that] can cause damage to blood vessels.” Beyond that, venison doesn’t typically have additives or antibiotics that are often associated with commercially grown beef. According to several sources online, the riboflavin in venison can help to mitigate migraine headaches through enhanced energy metabolism in the body.

Niacin (Vitamin B3) that is found in Venison has been found to slow down the risk of developing osteoarthritis by as much as 50%. And then there’s the cholesterol to consider. Venison is super low in cholesterol, even lower than lean white chicken breast meat, so that it is ideal for anyone who is concerned with heart disease.