Lamb, the Healthier Red Meat

Chef Osama

Lamb for years has been a staple diet in the Middle East, with its many benefits including its wool. Lamb is a great source for many nutrients and this will guide you with some of them:
·      Lamb is a good source of high quality protein and supplies the body with 60.3% of the daily requirement for protein.

·      The meat is a good source of selenium, a mineral whose deficiency can lead to asthma attacks.

·      Lamb is rich in iron, which is an integral component of hemoglobin and aids formation of red blood cells in the body. The form in which iron is present in lamb is easily absorbed by the body.

·      The meat contains a high amount of zinc, which is required by every living cell in the body for healthy immune function, cell division and overall growth.

·      It is a good source of vitamin B12, necessary to prevent a dangerous molecule called homocysteine from harming the body. It also promotes a healthy nervous system, supports the formation of red blood cells and prevents anemia. Moreover, vitamin B12 is found naturally only in animal foods.

·      The niacin (vitamin B3) present in lamb provides protection against Alzheimer's disease, promotes healthy skin and keeps age-related cognitive decline at bay. Moreover, it retards the risk of developing osteoarthritis by as much as half.

·      Lamb is good for health conscious people, as it is a source of ‘good fat’ in the body and has less saturated fat than other meat products.

But be careful with all of these benefits balance is still called for as lamb being a red meat, has high amount of dietary saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, which can result in different forms of chronic diseases, including heart diseases and some forms of cancer

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