Why Lamb Meat is a Smart Choice
Lamb meat is a fantastic source of iron.
As a red meat, Lamb inherently has a lot more Iron than other protein sources like chicken or fish. Besides, since Lamb is an animal source of Iron, it contains heme iron rather than the non-heme found in plants. Heme iron is the more absorbable form of Iron, so consuming red meat like Lamb can improve and prevent iron deficiency and anemia symptoms.
It’s a Vitamin B Powerhouse.
The National Institute of Health’s Dietary Office estimates that somewhere between 1.5% to 15 % of people in the U.S. are deficient in vitamin B12. Other studies, like one published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2000, indicate that this number might be even higher, with up to 39% of the population possibly suffering from a vitamin B12 deficiency. Lamb is an incredible source of B12; just 3ounces of lamb meat will provide half of most people’s daily B12 requirements.
But that’s not all — Lamb is loaded with other essential B vitamins, including vitamin B6, niacin (vitaminB3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Vitamin B12 and these other B vitamins help our nervous systems function as they should and ensure that the actual nerve cells are in a healthy state.
It boosts your immune system.
Lamb has immune-boosting zinc; just 3 ounces of Lamb contains 4.4 mg zinc which is 30% of our daily value. Zinc is essential to optimal immune health, wound healing, DNA and protein synthesis, and growth and development in children.