Kangaroo meat is classified as a lean red meat. Thanks to the super lean nature and strong nutrition credentials of this tasty meat, it is included in the dietary guidelines and recommended as a meat to enjoy, as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Kangaroo meat has something to offer people of all ages – from infancy to age one hundred. Let’s take a stroll down the aisle of different age groups and stop briefly at key life stages to see what kangaroo meat contributes to a regular, balanced diet.
Infants are ready for new foods, textures and tastes at around 6 months of age. Beyond this age, breast milk or formula alone are unable to meet the nutritional and developmental needs of a growing, thriving bub.
In the first solids, it’s recommended to include nutritious iron-rich foods, to prevent iron deficiency. Foods such as iron-enriched infant cereals, pureed red meat and poultry dishes are ideal. Cooked plain tofu and legumes/beans are also sources of iron. The latest (2013) ‘Infant Feeding Guidelines’ for Aussie bubs states other nutritious foods (e.g. vegetables, fruits) can then be introduced in any order, as long as iron-rich foods are included and the texture matches the infant’s stage of development.
Kangaroo meat is a particularly rich source of iron, making it a terrific meat to introduce once your infant is around 6 months of age. 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.
Toddlers are on the go, go, go and so are their growing bodies. These active little munchkins need optimal nutrition to meet the demands of growth and development, not to mention healing and repair for those endless bumps, bruises and grazed knees!
Kangaroo meat is an excellent addition to a toddler’s weekly diet, thanks largely to the high quality protein, iron and zinc that it contains.
Kids have growing bodies and active minds to feed. Very importantly, they need protein for normal growth and development, tissue building and repair. Iron is another ‘must-have’ for brain development and normal immune system functions. Having low iron stores in childhood may negatively affect learning at school and it may impair immune functions, exposing kids to more infections and illness.
The message for kids is to regularly eat lean red meat, like kangaroo meat, as it ticks many boxes for growing bodies and busy minds. A 130g serving of cooked kangaroo fillet provides a male child aged 9-12 years with 100% of his daily protein needs, plus two thirds (66%) of his daily iron needs. And there’s plenty more valuable nutritional goodness (e.g. zinc, B-group vitamins, omega-3’s) that kids get out of a tasty kangaroo meal.
The transition from child to adult creates a period of rapid growth and additional nutritional demands. Most notably, iron requirements jump a mountain in teenage girls and zinc leaps a tall building in teenage boys.
In a national nutrition survey carried out with Australian children, 99% of boys aged 14-16 years met the estimated average requirement for iron, but fewer girls (89%) in this same age bracket met their iron requirement. So listen up girls – ironing clothes may not be cool, but when it comes to your body, ‘ironing up’ certainly is. Having low iron stores can trigger fatigue and tiredness and reduce your ability to concentrate and solve problems at school. If you’re striving to get an A+ in your next school report, then eating an iron-rich diet may help you get there.
A 130g serving of cooked kangaroo fillet provides a teenage girl (aged 14-18 years)…
|Over one third (36%) of her daily iron needs||Over one half (57%) of her daily zinc needs||89% of her daily protein needs|
Kangaroo meat is an ‘iron hero’ and an authentic champion in the protein, zinc, omega-3 and B-group vitamin department. So go ahead, eat up and enjoy!
With rising rates of health problems and ‘weighty’ issues amongst us Aussie adults, the concept of eating a diet higher in protein has become hot topic. Diets that are moderately higher in protein have become popular thanks to the satiating qualities of protein. You see protein is an extremely satiating nutrient, which means it helps to fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied after eating. Including protein as part of your meals is an effective way to ward off the hunger demons.
Kangaroo meat boasts good quality protein and there’s plenty packed in every bite. Every time you enjoy a 130g serving of cooked kangaroo fillet, you can relish in the thought that you’re absorbing the goodness of 40 grams of protein. Put into perspective, that’s four fifths (80%) of an average adult’s daily need for protein. Best of all, this awesome protein load comes without a whole wad of kilojoules. Take a look at the table here.
A 130g serving of cooked kangaroo fillet provides an average adult…
|80% of their
daily protein needs
|Just 8% of their
daily energy needs
Reaping the satiety benefits of protein is as easy as throwing a kangaroo steak or some low fat kanga bangas (sausages) on the BBQ and serving it with a fresh salad or wok tossed vegetables and some wholegrain bread.
As we age, our need for energy (kilojoules) decreases, but our need for some nutrients actually increases, especially for protein, calcium, Vitamin D, riboflavin, Vitamin B6 and, for some, Vitamin B12. So eating a well balanced diet is vital for good health in our senior years.
We naturally lose muscle as we age. It’s important to retain as much muscle as possible, because losing muscle from our body makes us weak. This can lead to unsteadiness on our feet and increase the risk of having falls. The good news is, research shows resistance training (a form of strength training) combined with a protein-rich diet can help elderly people increase their muscle mass and improve their muscle strength.
A 130g serving of cooked kangaroo fillet provides an elderly man (aged over 70 years) with almost half of his daily protein needs. The same serving size of cooked kangaroo fillet will give an elderly women 70 per cent of her daily protein needs. These nutrition facts are nothing short of impressive.