Lamb Meat Benefits
A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and its flesh is known to be tender and its flavor delicate. It is the palest of meat and best slaughtered at 6 to 8 weeks old. Meat from older sheep is called hogget and are lambs from 1 to 2 years old, of stronger flavor and less tender meat. Lambs’ meat older than 2 years is called mutton. It has much more flavor and needs slow cooking to tenderize its tough flesh. The older the lamb, the deeper is its color.
There are various cuts of lamb, including lamb chops – which may come in the form of rib chops, loin chops or shoulder chops – and whole leg of lamb. Kosher and Halal varieties are also available. Organic lamb and rare breed lamb are the most expensive, adhering to the highest farming standards.
Is lamb meat that healthy? Let’s see. It’s an excellent source of protein. 4 oz. of lamb contains 27.5 g of protein, that’s 55% of the recommended daily adult intake. It also gives you 48% of daily value of vitamin B12, essential for red blood cell production, nerve function and in the metabolism of homocysteine; 37% of niacin, which helps the body release energy from food and is important for nervous system function; and 14% of riboflavin which helps the body release energy from foods and plays a role in good vision.
Lamb is also a good source of some minerals and trace elements, especially zinc, then iron and copper. Zinc supports the immune system, aids wound healing and maintains healthy testosterone levels. Iron is needed for red blood cell production and its deficiency causes anemia. Copper is important for iron metabolism and participates in red blood cell synthesis.
Unfortunately, lamb is rich in saturated fat and calories, with 4 oz. containing 331 calories and almost 10 g of saturated fat. Those who are obese or on a diet should mind the high calorie profile, not to mention that saturated fat is a risk factor for heart disease and high cholesterol. The high purine content of lamb meat is also of concern. It converts to uric acid which may increase the risk for kidney stones and gout. Then again, moderation is key to enjoying lamb meat and its health benefits.
Loving Lamb in Moderation in Bellevue
Hindus and our American diners so love our lamb meat and its varied preparations. Have lamb saag, lamb vindaloo, lamb karaikudi, and lamb biryani. Have them gluten-free or otherwise, but have healthy dining any time, here at MokSHA in Bellevue.