We Always Knew, Eating Wild Meat is Better
Try googling phrases like “venison diet”, “wild diet” or “eating wild meat”. You might be surprised, it isn’t a bunch of links to hunting websites, hunting blogs, and other hunting oriented material. It’s foodie, hipster, and other progressive nutrition websites with only a small smattering of hunting content mixed in. Surprising maybe, but the trend is catching on. You’ll also find content for upland game and waterfowl, rabbits and other wild game as part of what nutritionists and health conscience people are calling a “wild diet”. The awareness has even grown enough for one of the largest fast food chains, Arby’s, to put a venison sandwich on their menu last year (that venison isn’t from truly wild game but you get the drift). This growing trend is validation for hunters. In this modern society of processing and marketing food-like substances as food it’s nice to know a growing segment of America is seeing what we always knew – hunting feeds us and does it with healthy results.
Additionally, Americas growing conscientiousness of the conditions some factory farm raised and distributed meat is causing people to search out other sources of clean healthy protein. The thought of this mineral and vitamin rich wild meat living its life free as an animal should has people considering venison a better eco-friendly alternative to store purchased meat. For example, Joe Rogan, Hollywood celebrity, UFC announcer, martial artist, and one of Americas most popular podcast creators frequently tells his story of going to veganism then to hardcore bowhunter because of the health benefits from eating wild venison and because of the idea that these wild animals lived as a wild animal should.
Additionally, Americas growing conscientiousness of the conditions some factory farm raised and distributed meat is causing people to search out other sources of clean healthy protein. The thought of this mineral and vitamin rich wild meat living its life free as an animal should has people considering venison a better eco-friendly alternative to store purchased meat.
All this is kinda funny. Hunters knew all this long ago. We’ve been hunting just like our early primitive ancestors have down through the millennia, and we’ve been consuming that meat because it’s healthier, and quite frankly, better tasting!
Putting Numbers to the Protein
Although we’ve always known that eating wild protein is healthier it’s nice to put some numbers behind that claim. Check out the graphic below and compare side-by-side some of your favorite wild game meats with traditional domesticated meat. These numbers aren’t merely our opinions, but actual facts directly from the USDA Nutrient Database.
If that isn’t enough here are a few more reasons to eat clean, healthy organic wild meat.
It’s animal friendly
The game we chase are bred, born, and raised totally free-range in its own environment and habitat. We have to hunt the animals on their terms and in their space and quite frankly they have a damn good chance of getting away.
It’s lean, clean, and vitamin rich
Wild meat is leaner and has less fat. Some of the contributing factors to this is they have a higher level of activity, being free to move where they please and eat a healthier natural diet. They also don’t receive antibiotics and growth hormones that many commercially grown animals do. Wild meat also has higher protein, iron, and B vitamin content per pound.
It’s environmentally friendly
No need for feed lots, slaughter houses, packaging facilities, or other infrastructure needed to grow domestic animals for human consumption. These facilities burn a lot of fossil fuel and energy to operate. Wild meat is the original free-range food, moving and eating as they please in available habitat. Hunters are also conservationist. Conserving game species means preserving native habitats which provide services like clean air and water.
Lower risk of food-borne illness
We’ve seen it numerous times every year, commercially grown and processed food recalls across the country. Food-borne pathogens like E. coli and salmonella make millions of Americans sick and even take lives. Hunters not only have the satisfaction of obtaining their own meat, many hunters process it as well. Taking pride in your food and carefully processing it yourself decreases the risk of illness.
Healthy doses of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids
According to Bruce Watkins at Purdue University, an analysis done at Purdue found that wild elk, deer and antelope from the Rocky Mountain region have greater amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and a lower – and therefore healthier – ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in muscle meats, compared to grain-fed beef. “The fatty acid ratio in wild ruminants is consistent with the recent American Heart Association recommendation to increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” he says.
Many More Benefits of Eating Wild Meat
The benefits of eating wild meat could go on and on. For example consider the health benefits of the exercise, clean fresh air, and solitude to clear your mind that hunting offers while in pursuit of wild meat. There is just nothing else like it.
Below is one of our favorite simple recipes for wild venison roast.
- 4 lbs venison roast
- 1 (1 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix
- 1 (1 1/4 ounce) envelope au jus mix
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 4 -5 pepperoncini peppers
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray.
- Place roast in the slow cooker and sprinkle with a little black pepper and a little seasoned salt.
- Sprinkle the top with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix.
- Place peppers on top of mixes.
- Add the stick of butter on top.
- Set your slow cooker to 8 hours and forget it.
- You do not add any additional water to this.
- Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles.