Thursday, February 8, 2007

12. Why lots of people like to eat goat meat?

Goat meat is often called chevon, cabrito or capretto. Australia is a major world supplier of quality goat meat to the United States and well as many other countries. Many people do not realise that some 63% of the red meat that is consumed daily worldwide is actually goat meat. The demand in western countries such as the United States and Australia or the UK is from ethnic groups that include Middle Eastern, Asian, African, Latin American and Caribbean people. Most of these people will choose to purchase goat meat whenever they have the opportunity.

Many people ask what is so special about goat meat. Many choose goat meat as it has no religious restrictions like pork. Unlike lamb it has far less fat and many prefer the flavours of goat over beef and sheep meats. The actual molecular structure of goat meat is different and as a result goat meat is more easily digested. The one big advantage is that it is very low fat and very low cholesterol which is ideal for the health conscious person. They make the best Indian style curry there is, and roasted is simply divine.

Based on the test done by USDA,

3oz roasted goat meat contains:

122 calorie, 2.58g fat, 0.79g saturated fat, 23g protein and 3.2mg iron.

3oz roasted beef contains:

245 calorie, 16g fat, 6.8g saturated fat, 23g protein dan 2.9mg iron.

3oz roasted pork contains:

310 calorie, 24 g fat, 8.7 g saturated fat, 21g protein dan 2.7mg iron.

3oz roasted lamb contains:

235 calorie, 16g fat, 7.3 g saturated fat, 22g protein dan 1.4mg iron.

3oz roasted chicken contains:

120 kalori, 3.5 g fat, 1.1g saturated fat, 21g protein dan 1.5mg iron.

It is not a surprise that many people choose to consume goat meat over any other meat and it is our responsibility to educate the society the benefits of consuming goat meat. Healthy meat for healthy body.


1. USDA Handbook #8, 1989
2. Nutritive value of foods, home and garden bulletin number 72,
USDA, Washington, D.C., US Government Printing Office, 1981

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