How Does Wild Game Stack up Against Meat From the Su­per­mar­ket?

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There’s been a big push in re­cent years to­ward sus­tain­ably farmed, lo­cally raised meat un­tainted by growth hor­mones or an­tibi­otics. Beef, chicken and tur­key raised in these con­di­tions are con­sid­ered bet­ter for you than the stan­dard fac­tory-farmed ver­sions, but they can be pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive and un­avail­able in many ar­eas.

En­ter game meat. As a mod­ern pi­o­neer, you likely al­ready hunt and fish for a large por­tion of the meat your fam­ily con­sumes each year, but how does it stack up against farmed meat in re­gard to health ben­e­fits?

Ob­vi­ously, wild game is by its na­ture free range and grass (or mast) fed meat, qual­i­ties that can fetch high prices at the su­per­mar­ket. Wild game is also lower in fat, choles­terol and calo­ries than other meat, with the added ben­e­fits of higher pro­tein, and greater iron and B-vi­ta­min con­tent.

Hunt­ing and fish­ing for wild game is a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion, as well, with res­i­dent tags usu­ally run­ning from $5-30. Not to men­tion, you’ll boost the health ben­e­fits of game meat by en­joy­ing a plea­sur­able pas­time in the out­doors, re­duc­ing stress and get­ting ex­er­cise.

“Lo­cally pro­duced” is a buzz­word these days. Since most hunters ven­ture within a 100-mile ra­dius of their home to hunt— the mea­sure of what is con­sid­ered lo­cally pro­duced—game meat fills the bill.

Wild game is also free from the hor­mones and an­tibi­otics nec­es­sary to fac­tory-farmed meat pro­duc­tion.

For some de­li­cious recipes us­ing lean and healthy veni­son, check out Spencer Neuharth’s ar­ti­cle, “4 Must-make Deer Camp En­trees,”

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