Nutrients

canstockphoto11311552By knowing what they are one are able to understand the comparison and values between different kinds of nutrients enabling educated decisions regarding health and diet based on the foods consumed. It also helps one to understand how to choose between the better options when it comes to protein or meat choices. So what are Nutrients?

Nutrients are the building blocks of food. They are needed for growth and to stay alive. Through the digestive system the body takes nutrients to feed the body. The nutrients all have a value in the form of a contribution to the growth of the body by noting the efficient or inefficient performance of one being alive.  The main nutrients required and measured in meat products are Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates and the Minerals and Vitamins that the product contributes. This is also what is mostly compared when valuing the nutritional value of a meat product. One can look at these Nutrients individually and see how they impact on the body and ultimately help one to understand the values when compared with other meat products.

By understanding the nutritional value of food or meat one can combine and or portion the intake to create a balanced meal or focus on areas in the body where it might be needed or not needed. The correct relation together with vitamins and minerals will ultimately ensure a balanced meal or intake.

Proteins are molecules made from amino acids, and are very important for all living things. Their main function is to build muscle, heal wounds and fight off infections. Proteins are also an essential part of our diet, as they provide some of the energy you get from your food.  Rabbit meat is the highest in protein of all animals used for human consumption. read more

Fats are an important part of your diet because they provide energy and help your body to take in some vitamins. Too much bad fats can have a negative effect on your body.  We all know that a little bit of fat makes food taste nicer but not with a risk of consuming nutrients that may have a negative effect on your health.  Fats are present in most food types that are concidered to be high in protein, so what is important to know? read more

Carbohydrates are the main type of nutrient that your body uses as a fuel. Glucose and starch are examples of carbohydrates and it is important to control the amount of carbohydrates you eat to avoid becoming overweight or to prevent problems like diabetes. This is what is meant when you read the phrase “as part of a calorie control diet”.  If you eat more carbohydrates that you can burn up as energy they are stored as body fat. read more

Minerals & Vitamins Most food products contain some form of minerals and vitamins essential in certain quantities for ones body to extract from what we consume.  The value of these minerals and vitamins can be high or low and by know what they are we can measure how good the are for ones body.  read more

Antioxidants are small molecules that counteract oxidative stress or the way die body grows by using all the building blocks while helping the body to stay healthy. The majority of antioxidants come from plant sources but some vitamins such as C, A and E, as well as minerals like selenium and zinc, are also potent antioxidants and are found in meat products.  read more 

Water The body needs a lot of water to stimulate all the building blocks and functions but water is a relatively cheap and freely available nutrient and can weigh in very expensively when valued as part of a high protein source. All meat products contain water and although the water content have no nutritional value it does play a big role in the composition of the meat impacting on texture, flavour and value. read more

Nutritional Assessment 

Nutritional Comparison Meat Types