The 7 Healthy Benefits of Eating Elk Meat
Elk meat is growing in popularity as an alternative to beef, pork, and poultry. While it may not be a common type of meat enjoyed in your household, it is worth your time to consider the health benefits it can provide you and your family. Some of the common elk meat nutrition and health benefits you can gain include:
- Elk meat is low in fat. Elk is lean meat and has less fat than what is found in other meats, including chicken and turkey.
- Elk meat is low in cholesterol. If you are watching your bad cholesterol levels, elk has the lowest amount of cholesterol out of all types of meats.
- Elk meat contains zero carbohydrates. If you are limiting your intake of carbs, eating elk still allows you to enjoy meat in your diet.
- Elk meat is a good source of nutrients. Since elk is lean, it has a higher amount of nutrients and vitamins compared to other meats. It provides a good source of B6 and B12 vitamins, niacin, iron, potassium, thiamine, magnesium, riboflavin, selenium, copper, and zinc.
- Elk meat is high in protein. If you are looking to increase your muscle mass, one common method used by bodybuilders is to increase their levels of protein, which elk can provide. Another benefit of this protein-rich meat is it can help increase weight (fat) loss.
- Elk meat is low in sodium. The meat itself has a very low level of sodium, so, if you have high blood pressure, eating elk is good for your heart.
- Elk meat is low in calories. If you count your calories, you might be surprised to learn a 3-ounce elk steak only has around 124 calories.1
What Does Elk Meat Taste Like?
If you eat other wild game meats, it is not uncommon for the meat to have a “gamey” taste to it. Many people notice elk tastes almost like beef, but with a richer flavor. Farm- or ranch-raised elk typically does not have a strong or very noticeable “gamey” taste to it.
How Is Elk Meat Prepared?
Elk meat can be used as a substitute for beef in your favorite recipes. It can also be substituted in place of other wild game meats, such as deer or bison. Just like other animals we consume, there are all different types of cuts of elk. The preparation of elk will depend on whether you are cooking steaks, ground elk, or an elk roast.
Just keep in mind, since elk is very lean meat, it tends to cook faster. If you overcook it, it will be tough and dry. It is best to cook the meat so it is still pink in the middle and let it rest before serving.
Where Can I Get Elk Meat From?
The best source of elk meat is to go directly to the source by hunting the animal yourself. If you don’t hunt, you can source elk meat from a farm or ranch which raises elk. No matter how you decide to source your elk meat, we recommend buying it from a reliable and trusted supplier and one that is local if possible.
Here in Texas, elk is an exotic species, which limits your hunting options. Fortunately, you can enjoy an all-inclusive trophy elk hunt in Texas here at Montgomery Properties Ranch. A single elk can provide anywhere from 300 to 500 pounds or more of meat for you and your family to enjoy.
Plus, we assist with field dressing and quartering of the elk meat for easy transport home. To learn more about our Texas elk hunts, other exotic game hunts, or sourcing elk meat, please feel free to contact us at 817-925-2234 today!