Is kangaroo meat nutritious?
It certainly is! Kangaroo meat is super lean with less than 2% fat. Even more importantly, it’s low in undesirable saturated fats. This lean red meat is a good source of high-quality protein, iron and zinc. What’s more, it contains omega-3’s and contributes a good dose of B-group vitamins to our diet, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. The Heart Foundation Tick of Approval has been granted to a large range of Macro Meats Gourmet Game kangaroo products. Gaining the ‘Tick’ is further testament to the amazing nutrition features of kangaroo meat.
Is kangaroo meat suitable to include as part of a low-fat, heart-friendly diet?
Yes, kangaroo meat is a lean meat, with less than 2% fat. More importantly, this tasty meat is low in saturated fats. Saturated fats are the ‘undesirable’ fats to limit in our diet, especially as part of a diet to maintain a healthy heart. Our entire range of Macro Meats Gourmet Game kangaroo products contain less than 1g saturated per 100g. So you can rest easy knowing our kangaroo meats not only taste great, but they’re heart friendly too.
Are there any vitamins or minerals in kangaroo meats?
Yes, kangaroo packs a nutritious punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals. In the vitamin department, kangaroo meat contains valuable sources of B-group vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. In the mineral stakes, kangaroo meat is a particularly rich source of iron and a good source of zinc. In fact, a 150g serve of kangaroo steak or fillet provides over half (55%) of the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for iron and over a quarter (28%) of the RDI for zinc.
When can my baby start eating kangaroo meat?
Infants are ready to start eating solid foods at around six months of age. The Infant Feeding Guidelines recommend introducing iron-rich foods first, like iron-enriched infant cereals, pureed meat and poultry dishes. Kangaroo meat is a superb red meat to introduce, as it provides plenty of iron and zinc. Start off with a smooth texture (e.g. pureed kangaroo meat) at around 6 months, then progress to a lumpy texture around 7 months (e.g. kangaroo mince), and finally to finger foods around 8 months, or when your baby is able to chew (e.g. sliced pan-fried kangaroo fillet). Making it easy to eat and swallow is key. The ‘Healthy Meal Solutions’ section of this website provides some practical tips on feeding kangaroo meat to your infant.
How does the fat content of kangaroo sausages compare to other sausages?
Gourmet Game kangaroo sausages (Kanga Bangas) contain just 1.0g of fat per 100g. In comparison, 100 grams of regular beef sausages typically contains 21.4g fat and pork sausages contain 22.2g fat 1 . You can see the difference in fat is substantial – providing all the more reason to make the switch and serve the family kangaroo sausages as part of a regular, balanced diet.
Does kangaroo meat contain any antibiotics or added growth hormones?
Definitely not! Kangaroos are open range animals and they are harvested in their own environment. Sourcing meat from our natural environment, and not farms, is a huge bonus as it means kangaroo meat is never exposed to human intervention. So you can rest easy knowing that the kangaroo meat you eat is free from antibiotics, added growth hormones and added chemicals.
Is the iron in kangaroo meat well absorbed by our body?
There are two diff erent types of iron: 1. Haem iron – the type found in animal foods, including red meats, white meats and seafood; 2. Non- Haem iron – the type found in plant foods, such as legumes, wholegrain breads and cereals, some vegetables and nuts.
Haem iron, like the type found in kangaroo meat, is better absorbed by the body than non-haem iron, which is why we are encouraged to eat red meat 3-4 times a week. You can improve the absorption of non-haem iron from plant foods by consuming Vitamin C rich foods or beverages at the same time that those plant foods are eaten.
Do the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend kangaroo meat as part of a healthy diet?
They sure do! The Australian Dietary Guidelines specifically encourage children, teens and adults to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups every day. ‘Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds and legumes/beans’ is one of the five food groups and kangaroo meat falls into this group. Thanks to its strong nutrition credentials, kangaroo is a sensational meat to enjoy regularly, as part of a healthy balanced diet.
I’m trying to eat foods that curb my appetite. Is kangaroo meat a hunger-busting food?
The foods that help to fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied for an extended period of time are those rich in protein and fibre. Protein triggers the release of satiety-signaling hormones, which in turn lets your brain know the stomach is satisfied. Kangaroo meat is a true protein hero, so it will pay dividends to include kangaroo meat as part of your regular menu. If you accompany the kangaroo meat with foods high in fibre, you’ll get an even better hunger-busting effect. So try teaming your kangaroo meat with fibre-rich foods like vegetables, legumes (e.g. lentils, chick peas, kidney beans), wholegrains (e.g. brown rice, wholemeal pasta, wholegrain bread, barley, oats), nuts and seeds.
I’m into strength training. Is kangaroo meat a good choice for me?
If your goal is to build muscle mass and gain strength, then the combination of a well-designed strength training program, plus an energy-rich diet with ample amounts of protein, is essential. Kangaroo is certainly a good protein choice, as it comes with the benefit of extra nutritional goodness, like iron, zinc and B-group vitamins. A 130g serving of cooked kangaroo fillet will provide an average adult with four fifths (80%) of his/her daily protein needs. That’s certainly impressive.
It’s beneficial to vary the types of protein you eat and distribute the protein you need across the day. So try including a small serve of protein-rich food at every main meal and mid-meal snack throughout the day, as this helps to create an optimal environment for gains in muscle mass.