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Benefits of rabbit meat

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

Rabbits are easy to raise and cheap to feed, but what else makes them a good choice for a meat source for your family?

Lets look over a rabbits nutritional information.

Nutritional information for 100g of rabbit meat
Rabbit nutritional information

As you can see the information given is for 100 grams of rabbit meat. It contains only 173 calories, 3.5 grams of fat or 5% and 33g or 66% of your protein. Based on a 2000 calorie daily diet.

Cholesterol is on the higher side at 123mg which is 41% of your daily allotment. Rabbit meat is low in sodium at just 45mg or 1% of your daily required amount. Other trace elements you can find are potassium at 343mg or 9%, calcium at 1%, and magnesium at 7%. Vitamin B6 comes in higher at 15%, iron is quite high at 27% and cobalamin Also known as vitamin B12 has a whopping 108%!

These are some amazing numbers!

I suffer from low iron or anemia. Every time I have blood work done I have it mentioned to me. While I was pregnant with my son it was advised to take iron supplements for the duration of my pregnancy. I did this, but iron supplements can be hard on your digestive system, and if taken around the time you consume a food with calcium in it, you may not actually absorb the iron from your supplements. A natural way of increasing my iron would be far more beneficial and reliable. Vitamin B12 or cobalamin also follows suit with anemia. Upping your intake of this vitamin will help give you energy, and support your body turning carbohydrates into glucose. It also plays a part with your body's blood, nerve cells, and the genetic material in all your cells. I was advised to also suppliment vitamin B12 while pregnant.

A Google search of high iron meats does not list rabbit. It's top 2 answers are beef and chicken. This is odd as for the same size portion of 100 grams, beef provides 14% and chicken 7%. Rabbit is 27%! Rabbit is a very under rated meat source. It's low fat, low calorie and high protein amounts also make it a great choice for someone watching their calories for weight loss or trying to increase their protein consumption for gaining muscle mass.

Comparison of 5 different neat sources and their nutritional values.
Comparison of rabbit, chicken, beef, pork and lamb.

Rabbit can be used in any dish that you would commonly use chicken with very little difference in taste. It utilities the common saying "tastes like chicken!" Once you have a processed and dressed rabbit, it's easy to portion it up and use it in your favourite recipes.

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