Nutrition and DietLamb meat: benefits and properties

Lamb meat: benefits and properties

Benefits of lamb meat, and information on the different nutritional properties that lamb provides. Of course, keep in mind that it is a variety of red meat high in saturated fat.

The lamb usually corresponds with lambs (both male and female) having less than 300 days of life, which can weigh between 5.5 and 30 kilos depending on their age. However, after those 300 days of life they are called rams.

It is a very characteristic type of food in some Mediterranean cuisines, in addition to Maghreb cuisines, Indian cuisine and also in some parts of China. In Argentina, for example, it is characterized as one of the most precious foods, especially in Argentine Patagonia.

Regarding its nutritional content and the different benefits and properties that lamb meat provides, as with most meats, it stands out above all for its richness in proteins of high biological value.

Nutritional properties of lamb meat

Lamb meat is a food that is especially rich in good quality proteins, also known as proteins of high biological value (that is, it contains practically all the essential amino acids that our body needs).

Regarding its fat content, 100 grams of lamb meat provide 30 grams of fat, and 348 kilocalories.

Regarding its content in both vitamins and minerals, it is especially rich in vitamins of group B (especially vitamin B12 and B6), and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and zinc.

Calories 348 kcal
Protein 14.9 g
Carbohydrates Traces
Total fat 30 g
Cholesterol 70 mg
Vitamins Minerals
Vitamin B1 0.13 mg Iron 2.2 mg
Vitamin B2 0.18 mg Match 138 mg
Vitamin B3 4.3 mg Potassium 345 mg
Vitamin B6 0.33 mg Magnesium 14 mg
Vitamin E 0.6 mg Zinc 2.3 mg
Calcium 9 mg

Lamb meat benefits

Lamb meat is an interesting source of protein for our body, especially because of its high content of good quality proteins or high biological value.

Due to its mineral content, especially its high level of iron, it is an interesting food in case of anemia, since it is a nutrient that is part of hemoglobin and is essential in the formation of red blood cells.

It provides selenium in interesting quantities, a mineral that helps fight asthma attacks. It also provides B vitamins, essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

Contraindications in the consumption of lamb meat

Since lamb meat is a red meat with a high content of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, its consumption is not recommended in people who are overweight and obese, have high levels of fat in the blood and who suffer from some type of heart disease.


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