If you’re looking for a family-friendly red meat that really packs a nutritious punch, then look no further than kangaroo meat. It gets the nod of approval for its awesome nutrition profile, as well as its wonderful taste.
Here are some of the impressive features of kangaroo meat:
- OPEN RANGE MEAT: Kangaroos aren’t farmed. They’re open range animals and harvested in their own environment. So what you get is a lean red meat that’s free from antibiotics, added growth hormones and added chemicals.
- ENERGY: Kangaroo meat has a kilojoule content that compares favourably to other lean red meats.
- PROTEIN: Kangaroo meat is a terrific source of high-quality protein.
- FAT: Kangaroo meat is impressively low in fat, with less than 2% fat. What’s more, it’s low in ‘undesirable’ saturated fats.
- OMEGA-3: Kangaroo meat is a source of heart-friendly omega-3’s.
- CLA: Kangaroo meat naturally contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) – yet another bonus for our wellbeing.
- MINERALS: Kangaroo meat is a particularly good source of the ‘must-have’ minerals iron and zinc.
- VITAMINS: Kangaroo meat is a good source of valuable B-group vitamins, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin.
Let’s take a look in a little more detail at what this versatile, tasty and nutritious game meat has to offer:
Open Range Meat
Kangaroos are open range animals and the meat we eat is not farmed. In fact, kangaroos exist over extensive pastoral areas of Australia and they are harvested in their own environment. Therefore kangaroo meat is never exposed to human intervention, antibiotics, added growth hormones or added chemicals. It’s the ultimate clean meat – the way we were meant to eat it.
As they say, the Aussie kangaroo is a lean, mean, fighting machine. These animals are super active and graze on natural foliage, which produces a lean, high quality game meat.
The energy content of kangaroo meat stacks up well against other lean and fully-trimmed red meats. Take a look:
Energy (kilojoules) per 100g of raw meat
skinless & lean2
Now a 150g serving of kangaroo fillet (pre-cooked) typically provides around 620 kilojoules (that’s 148 calories). Let’s put this into perspective. If you’re an average adult needing 8700 kilojoules a day, a 150g serving of kangaroo fillet will provide around 7% of your daily energy needs. That leaves 93% of kilojoules to come from other nutritious foods.
When it comes to high-quality protein, kangaroo meat goes to the top of the list. A 150g serving of kangaroo fillet (pre-cooked) provides an average adult with 66% of his/her daily protein needs. Yes, that’s right – you get two thirds of the protein you need each day in one tasty kangaroo meal.
That must be music to the ears of fitness fanatics trying to gain strength, as protein contributes to the growth of muscle mass. What’s more, protein helps to tame the appetite beast, so kangaroo meat is a superb choice for those trying to pull in the belt. Protein curbs the appetite by triggering the release of certain hormones, which in turn let your brain know the stomach is satisfied. So kangaroo meat is a certainly a worthy ‘protein hero’ to include as part of your main meals.
It’s a fact – with less than 2% fat, kangaroo meat is a champion lean meat. Even when stacked up against lean beef, trim lamb and lean chicken breast, kangaroo meat comes up trumps. See for yourself:
Fat content per 100g of raw meat
|Kangaroo fillet1||Kangaroo steak1||Beef fillet,
|Total fat (g)||1.0||1.4||6.3||5.8||1.6|
|Saturated fat (g)||0.4||0.6||2.4||2.0||0.5|
|Trans fat (g)||<0.1||0.1||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Polyunsat. fat (g)||0.4||0.2||0.6||0.6||0.3|
|Monounsat. fat (g)||0.2||0.5||2.6||2.4||0.7|
< = less than n/a = not available
To visualise the total amount of fat in a 100g portion of kangaroo meat, picture a metric teaspoon. Now fill one quarter of that teaspoon with margarine. That’s how little fat there typically is in a portion of kangaroo meat – next to nix!
The good news doesn’t stop with the low ‘total fat’ content of kangaroo meat, but it extends to the types of fat found within this red meat. You see kangaroo meat is low in ‘undesirable’ saturated fats and trans fats – the fats we should shy away from. On the flipside, this lean red meat contains ‘beneficial’ unsaturated fats, namely monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These good guys deserve a rightful place in our diet.
The low total fat and saturated fat content of kangaroo meat should be good news to the ears of all Australians, including health-conscious consumers and those striving to maintain good heart health.
Most people associate omega-3 fats with fish. So it may come as a surprise that kangaroo meat is also a source of omega-3.
Lab tests3 carried out on samples of Macro Meats Gourmet Game kangaroo fillet and kangaroo steak has confirmed kangaroo meat contains omega-3. More specifically, roo meat contains the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. These important omega-3’s work together to support heart health.
It’s just another good reason to enjoy kangaroo meat regularly as part of your family meals.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) refers to a group of chemicals found in ‘linoleic acid’ – an omega-6 fatty acid. Technical jargon aside, it deserves a special mention as recent lab test results3 show kangaroo meat contains CLA. In fact, a 150g serving of kangaroo fillet contains on average 11mg CLA. The same serving size of kangaroo steak contains on average 9mg CLA.
CLA has been shown to benefit our wellbeing and have specific positive effects. It’s a growing area of research which we will no doubt hear more about in the near future. Regularly eating kangaroo meat, as part of a healthy and balanced diet, is a natural way to give your diet a little CLA boost.
The creators of ‘Popeye the Sailor’ should have made Popeye tuck into a meal of kangaroo meat to boost iron and energy reserves, before helping to save the day. Iron helps our body produce energy and it plays an important role in transporting oxygen around the body. This ‘must-have’ mineral also works to keep our immune system strong and it wards off fatigue and tiredness.
Kangaroo meat is a particularly good source of iron. In fact, if you’re an adult, you’ll meet one third of your daily iron needs every time you tuck into a delicious 150g kangaroo steak.
So household food preparers listen up – adding kangaroo meat to your weekly shopping list is an easy way to inject a good dose of iron into your family meals. Win the family over with sensational recipes from our website and soon the whole family will be begging you for more.
When you think zinc, you probably think of the iconic Australian white stuff that’s applied to your nose to keep those powerful sunrays at bay. The type of zinc being referred to here is dietary zinc – a mineral that’s essential for growth and development, for wound healing and for a strong immune system. Zinc works to keep us looking good too by maintaining our hair and nails and protecting our cells from free radical damage.
The good news is kangaroo meat is a good source of this important mineral. Indeed, if you’re an adult, a 150g serving of kangaroo fillet (pre-cooked) will provide you with over a quarter of your daily zinc needs. The other good news is that the zinc found in animal foods, like red meat and seafood, is better absorbed than the zinc from plant foods. So when it comes to adding some ‘zing’ to your immune system and healing ability, a meal of kangaroo meat should be top of mind.
Kangaroo meat is an important source of B-group vitamins, especially Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. In fact, you’ll be amazed as to what a 150g serving of kangaroo loin fillet (pre-cooked) provides:
- Well over 100% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) for VITAMIN B12. It helps our cells divide in a typical fashion and it plays a role in producing normal red blood cells. This B-group vitamin also works to maintain good operations of our nervous system and immune system.
- An impressive 80% of the RDI for VITAMIN B6. This vitamin helps to release energy from the protein we eat. It also lends a hand to manufacture normal red blood cells and it works to keep our nervous system and immune system working as it should.
- Two thirds (63%) of the RDI for NIACIN. Niacin helps to release energy from food and it’s necessary for normal nervous system functions and skin structure. It helps us feel alert and alive by reducing fatigue and tiredness.
- Over one third (36%) of the RDI for RIBOFLAVIN. Riboflavin plays a role in transporting iron around the body. It also helps to release energy from food and it lends a hand to maintain normal skin and eyesight.
- Almost one third (30%) of the RDI for THIAMIN. This B-group vitamin is necessary for normal energy production, meaning it helps to release energy from the food we eat. It’s also needed for our heart and nervous system to function normally.