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It sounds like the perfect food: Low in fat and cholesterol, high in protein, iron, and calcium, and tastes very similar to beef. But you still have to get past one tiny obstacle: It came from an oversized bird. You know, the one that gave us the feather duster.
Amazingly enough, ostrich is 90% lower in fat than beef and even has fewer calories than turkey, while still maintaining the richness and flavor of red meat. Unlike its counterparts, ostrich doesn’t shrink when you cook it, making it ideal for burgers and steaks. As an added bonus, ostrich meat naturally repels the harmful bacteria responsible for those memorable summer barbeque-induced food poisoning cases.
- Calories: 132
- Fat: 3g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Protein: 24g
- Cholesterol: 79mg
Although it has two legs, feathers, and wings, ostrich doesn't taste anything like poultry. In fact, its red meat is described as tasting like a big juicy steak. However, it has significantly more B vitamins (which are critical for a healthy metabolism) than your usual cut of red meat.